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AZ Childcare and COVID-19

March 18, 2020

We are responding to AZ childcare and COVID-19 by continually monitoring trusted sources for updated information to guide us as professionals.

These are difficult times, but we must remain vigilant to stick to the facts about COVID-19. Reference trusted science-based sources like Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) for up-to-date information and resources – and to combat the spread of misinformation.

We’ve listed some resources for AZ childcare and COVID-19 that are intended to help prevent illness, support childcare providers, and ways to connect with policymakers and the community.

Trusted Health Organizations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) | Facebook: @CDC | Twitter: @CDCgov

Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) | Facebook: @azdhs | Twitter @AZDHS

World Health Organization (WHO) | Facebook: @WHO | Twitter: @WHO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about AZ Childcare and COVID-19

FAQs on COVID-19 and Children – CDC

FAQs for Administrators – CDC


Flattening A Pandemic’s Curve: Why Staying Home Now Can Save Lives – National Public Radio (NPR)

Mental Health and Well-Being

Stress and Coping – CDC

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 – WHO

“Phoenix-area psychiatrist offers 5 tips to cope with stress of coronavirus pandemic” – AZ Central

Early Childhood Administrators

Guidance for Schools and Childcare – Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS)

Guidance for School Settings (includes childcare and K-12) – CDC 

Considerations for School Closures – CDC

Bracing for COVID-19: What Early Childhood Programs Need to Know and Consider Now (webinar) – Early Childhood Webinars

“Should I Close My Childcare Program?” – Child Care Aware of America

Staying Connected with Other Early Childhood Professionals (where early childhood educators share questions, concerns and resources about COVID-19 in a supportive online community)

Resources for Child Care and Advice from the Field (webinar) – Child Care Aware of America

AzAEYC resources for Early Education research

Talking with Children

Talking with Children about COVID-19 – CDC

10 Tips for Talking about COVID-19 with Your Kids – PBS News Hour

Advocacy & Public Policy for AZ Childcare and COVID-19

Child Care is Essential and Needs Emergency Support to Survive – NAEYC

Share your COVID-19 Childcare Challenges (survey) – NAEYC

How Has Coronavirus Impacted Your Community? Share your Story – Child Care Aware of America

Support Childcare During COVID-19: Contact your Members of Congress – Child Care Aware of America

AzAEYC Advocacy and Public Policy resources

Find your Local Arizona Legislators here

Find your Arizona United States Representative and Senators here

Parent Resources

How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus – New York Times Parenting

How to Prepare your Family – CDC

Tips for Families: Coronavirus – Zero to Three

Check out NAEYC’s Coping with COVID-19 website for additional resources for early childhood professionals and parents.