To help our partners navigate information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and Michigan’s recovery, ECIC compiled a variety of resources, from the government and the private and nonprofit sectors, for families with young children and for organizations that serve young children and families.
This page is updated regularly
Critical COVID-19 Resources
- Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Email COVID19@michigan.gov 24/7. Emails will be answered 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Subscribe to e-newsletter updates at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus
Resources for Child Care Providers
New MDHHS Epidemic Order
This order is an extension of the previous order, with one important change for child care providers. The mask mandate is being expanded to include children ages 2-5, beginning Monday April 26. Here’s what that means:
- The general mask mandate now applies to children ages 2 and up (instead of ages 5 and up). That means that younger children will be expected to wear masks in public places.
- The order also updates mask rules for child care providers and camps. Now, child care providers and camps must not allow gatherings unless:
- A good faith effort is made to ensure children age 2-4 wear a mask when participating in gatherings.
- Children age 5 and up wear a mask when participating in gatherings.
- As a reminder, a gathering is defined as “any occurrence, either indoor or outdoor, where two or more persons from more than one household are present in a shared space.” Previous orders clarified mask use in different spaces because the masking requirements varied on age and environment. This gathering definition includes all of the areas that were previously referenced (e.g. homes, classrooms, transportation, hallways.)
- Staff are still required to wear masks.
The order generally went into effect on Monday, April 19th. However, the new masking rules for children ages 2-4 do not go into effect until Monday, April 26.
Below are additional resources to help with young kids with mask wearing:
- Mask Mythbusters: 5 Common Misconceptions about Kids & Cloth Face Coverings
- Masks or Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19
- Sesame Street in Communities – All About Masks
- Sesame Street in Communities (videos) – A New Kind of Picnic and Hooper’s Store Reopens
- Action Learning Network – How to Wear a Mask like a Health Hero
- Action Learning Network – Tips for Helping Kids Wear Masks
- Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities – A Toolkit for Helping Your Child Wear a Mask During COVID-19
Vaccine Distribution Plan
- Child care professionals can schedule their own appointment. Here’s how:
- Check the website of your local health departmentor hospital for sign-ups or registration forms.
- Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., or call 2-1-1. Multiple languages available.
- Check additional vaccination sites, such as local pharmacies like Meijer, Rite Aid, Kroger, Walmart(Mid/Central and Northern MI) or Snyder Drugs (U.P. residents)
Guidance for Operating Safely
- New! Updated Guidelines for Safe Child Care Operations During COVID-19 are on the child care licensing website here. The Child Care Guidelines were updated to reflect current MDHHS guidelines, CDC guidelines and MIOSHA guidelines.
- LARA After-School Care/School-Age Child Care FAQ Document
- AIHA Re-Opening Guidance for Child Care Providers – this guide provides clear and actionable guidance towards the safe operations of childcare facilities through prevention, early detection, and control of COVID-19.
- Free resource to help you meet new state requirements from Hope Starts Here: Build-a-Plan Tool
- LARA has developed a guidance document for operating child care centers and home-based programs during COVID-19.
- SBAM COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan Template
- Get the facts and most current announcements from the State of Michigan and guidance from government agencies, including guidance about wearing masks, changes to child care subsidy and extensions of quality rating and assessment timelines.
- University of Michigan – Pandemic Resource Guide
- Alliance for Early Success – Latest COVID-19 Resources by Topic Area
Social-Emotional/Mental Health Resources
- MDHHS has created a Child Care Provider Toolkit with a variety of resources to support adults caring for young children in the child care environment:
- Toolkit Memo/Overview
- Letter from Michigan’s Social Emotional Consultation Team to Child Care Providers
- Toolkit Tips for Child Care Providers
- #ConnectedCaregiving Social Media Images/Text Samples
- Back to Business PowerPoint
- 2 minute video clip – “Connected Care giving Through a Pandemic”
- 26 minute webinar – “Back to Business as Usual? Connected Care giving Through a Pandemic”
- Stay Connected to Decrease Family Stress During Difficult Times – How to partner with families during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic by offering compassion, connection, and care to help decrease parental stress.
- A Model for Creating a Supportive Trauma-Informed Culture for Children in Preschool Settings – Tools and skills that can be applied in everyday settings to support children experiencing chronic stress and trauma thereby providing resources to address current and future
- 5 Ways Trauma-Informed Care Supports Children – ChildTrends discuss five ways in which trauma-informed care can support children’s healthy development.
PPE, Health and Safety
Printable resources to use with children, parents, and staff have been compiled for your use:
- How to wash your hands – Print resources with CDC guidance on how to wash your hands – print yourself or place an order for FREE. Translated materials are available in a variety of languages, including Spanish and Arabic.
- Handwashing tools – Printable activities, songs, books, and more from Sesame Street in Communities.
- Wearing masks:
- Workforce safety posters:
- PPE to Keep Your Workplace and Employees Safe: SBAM has compiled a list of resources of Personal Protective Equipment
- MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program is expanding its free online procurement platform by now including donations from suppliers including personal protection equipment, food, medical devices, paper products, cleaning equipment and more.
- CDC Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open
- How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering – A print resource with CDC guidance on how to safely wear and take off a cloth face covering.
- Cleaning and Disinfection For Households
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
- Cleaning and Disinfection for Non-emergency Transport Vehicles
- Stop the Spread of Germs – A print resource with CDC guidance on how to stop the spread of germs.
Loans and Grants
- NEW! The Michigan Small Business Development Center created CARES Act resources to help you understand your options when it comes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
- Request for Consulting – FREE business consulting and support services
- First Children’s Finance (PDF
- Small Business Owners: Register for no-cost business consulting
- Paycheck Protection Program 2 (PPP2) Application
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness Application
- FAQ: PPP & EIDL (webpage)
- FAQ: PPP & EIDL (PDF)
- Michigan Small Business Restart Program Application
- COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan has Re-Opened – Apply Now!
- Child Care Relief Grants – the deadline for Round 6 of this grant program ended on Nov. 16, 2020. Watch this page for new information about future grant opportunities as soon announcements are made.
- The Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund will provide recovery grants of $1,000-$5,000 and microloans of $5,000-$10,000 to small businesses who are in need and have been adversely affected by COVID-19 closure.
- Child Care Business Resilience Grant Program: If you are a child care center owner who is considering closure, ICA Group is here to help you explore another option that can keep your business alive: employee ownership.
- Consumers Energy – COVID-19 Survival Toolkit for small businesses and non-profit’s around the state.
- Paycheck Protection Program: A second round of funding is available. Please review the information below and apply now.
- Loan and Grant Funding Resources:
- SBAM daily briefings to help navigate the COVID-19 crisis:
- Families and Workers Fund – Rapid response fund dedicated to helping the workers, families, and communities most devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources for Families and Parents
Food and Financial Resources
- Bridge Magazine has compiled a growing list of where Michigan families can get food, cash, and internet access during the crisis.
- Parents or family members in the essential workforce who need child care: please go complete a simple form with your child care needs or call 2-1-1
- The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed an online map for families to find meals. View the map.
- Guidance for households who receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), including an expanded list of WIC food items.
Activities for Young Children
- Free Parent Resources – Lakeshore Learning: More than 1,000 resources for the classroom and home
- Sesame Street is providing content and resources you can use with your family to offer comfort and spark playful learning activities during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Subscribe to the Detroit PBS Kids Daily Newsletter – In-Home Learning & Fun!
Social-Emotional/Mental Health Resources
- CNN and ‘Sesame Street’ Town Hall Addressing Racism: The show will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding.
- MDHHS Resource Guide: Resource with information on how everyone can support children, parents and other caregivers during the COVID-19 emergency.
- Communicating With Children During the Covid-19 Outbreak – Documents, guidelines and resources focus on promoting healthy and comforting discussions between children and their parents/guardians during this stressful time.
- MI Resilience: Tips for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians – This resource from MDHHS provides tips for parents, caregivers, and guardians on how to help children with their anxieties and worries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Free Mental Health Resources: Stay Home, Stay MIndful.
- MDHHS launched the warmline phone service that connects Michiganders living with persistent mental health conditions to certified peer support specialists. The warmline operates 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week at 888-PEER-753 ( 888-733-7753 ).
- MI Resilience: Tips for Managing Stress – This resource from MDHHS provides tips for managing stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health and Safety
- Home Safe with Young Children Checklist from CPSC
- Guidance for Large or Extended Families Living in the Same Household – A print resource with CDC guidance on how to protect members of your household and care for those who are sick in your household during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local and Regional Partner Resources
- Kent County – First Steps Kent has curated resources for child care providers and resources for families.
- Oakland County – Oakland University-City of Pontiac Initiative Early Childhood Education (OUPIECE) resource list for families, educators and the community
- Southeastern Michigan – United Way Southeastern Michigan – COVID-19 Information and Resources
- Washtenaw ISD – COVID-19 Resources and Updates