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Coronavirus in Florida

On March 9, Governor DeSantis declared a State of Emergency in Florida to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since then, schools have closed, public spaces have emptied, and restaurants have pivoted to take-out and delivery operations only. Families and small businesses are feeling the squeeze.

Many essential personnel are still reporting to work: first responders, health care workers, food service teams, and, crucially, the early learning providers who care for their children.

Here to Help

We have compiled the following list of resources for Floridians navigating a changing society in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are a parent navigating a loss of health insurance or looking for home schooling resources, we have resources below for you. If you are a child care provider looking for the latest guidance from the CDC or the Florida Department of Education, we have linked the best destinations for you below.

Quick Links

Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health also has a COVID-19 Call Center Available 24/7 at +1 (866) 779–6121 or you can email COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institutes for Health

Childcare.gov

  • ChildCare.gov is a national consumer education website that is supported by the Office of Child Care (OCC) and is designed to provide families across the country with the child care information they need.
    • Search for local child care programs by ZIP Code.
    • Learn about their child care options.
    • Find information about available financial assistance to help with child care costs.
    • Support their child’s development at home and in child care settings.
    • Learn about the full array of resources and supports available to them in their state or territory.

Resources for Parents

Resources for Providers

Food Assistance

FYI

SNAP Maximum Monthly Allotment: All Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients’ benefit amounts will be increased to the maximum monthly allotment based on household size.

SNAP and TANF Work Requirements Waived: The Department of Children and Families (DCF) will waive work requirements for individuals participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Online Purchasing Pilot for SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can purchase groceries online with the use of an EBT card. SNAP participants are automatically eligible to participate in this program and do not need to apply.

How You Can Help

The Latest Coronavirus News

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COVID-19: Pandemic Has Hit Special Needs Kids Hard, Advocate’s Report Says

Thursday, December 10, 2020

From Vancouver Sun: “The pandemic cast a harsh light on a ‘crisis decades in the making’ for families that rely on supports for children with lifelong disabilities, neurological conditions and chronic health problems.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

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Coronavirus Takes Toll on Black, Latino Child Care Providers

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

From Associated Press: “Prior to the pandemic, the child care system was fractured.” said Lynette Fraga, CEO of Child Care Aware of America. “Now, it’s shattered.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

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Virtual VPK in Florida Extended For Next Semester

Monday, December 7, 2020

From WPTV-West Palm Beach: “The Florida Department of Education announced this week it will continue to provide parents with a choice of either in-person VPK instruction or virtual learning at home for next semester.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

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COVID-19 Means More Kids Won’t Be Ready For Kindergarten

Friday, December 4, 2020

From USA Today: “Preschool years are among the most formative of a child’s life. A student who starts kindergarten without preschool is more likely to repeat a grade, require special-education services or drop out.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

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COVID-19 Infections Are Surging. So Are Kids’ Fears

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

From National Geographic: “While we want to be thoughtful about how we talk to children, we need to make sure children understand what’s happening.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.