BCDI- Atlanta has compiled a list of resources related to our core focus areas to help guide policy and practice with Black children, families, and communities.
BCDI-Atlanta - Early Care & Education
The Georgia Foundation for Early Care + Learning was recently awarded a $250,000 grant which will provide direct assistance to child care programs and families located within the 23-county Atlanta metro area. The programs must address two critical needs: child care assistance for essential workers and financial assistance for child care providers. The grant application process opened April 27th and will close May 4th.
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is offering Short Term Assistance Benefit for Licensed Entities (STABLE) payments to all licensed childcare providers. These funds can be used to pay for salaries and benefits for lead teachers, assistant teachers, and other employees; substitute teachers; tuition relief for families; lease or mortgage payments; utilities; cleaning supplies; classroom materials and supplies; unreimbursed food; and additional supplies required by CDC guidelines.
BCDI-Atlanta held a webinar on providing childcare during COVID-19. The purpose of this webinar was to engage family childcare providers and center-based care providers in an open conversation about their experience being open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and what they are doing to maintain program health and safety. We hope that this webinar has answered some of the questions from providers who are considering opening, but also that participants left with tips that may be used in their own practice. Lastly, we hope that participants felt a part of a community of essential workers who they may call on and rely on during this pandemic. Visit our blog for more information about this webinar.
Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network is offering a webinar resource for school age professionals and programs next week:
Wednesday May 6, 2020, 10:00am – 11:30am: From Sustainability to Survivability: Managing Uncertainty Amid Crisis. Facilitated by Steve Zimmerman of Spectrum Nonprofit Services, LLC, this webinar will cover topics of 1) understanding organizational cash position, 2) making strategic financial decisions, and 3) how to communicate these issues with stakeholders.
For more resources please view our Early Care and Education resource list.
BCDI-Atlanta - Family Engagement
Learning with Millie and Suzie is offering a free download of their book Why We Stay Home. With this book, parents can spark conversations with their children around the COVID-19 pandemic. This book also touches on vocabulary, science, biology and the social-emotional needs of families.
Cox Campus offers opportunities for children to engage in online early learning so they can continue to learn from home.
For more resources, please view our Family Engagement list.
BCDI-Atlanta - Literacy
The National Black Child Development Institute's Read to Succeed program encourages early literacy and language development in children from birth to eight years old, by assisting families in creating home libraries. As an affiliate of NBCDI, BCDI-Atlanta provides young children and their families with children’s books designed to foster early literacy skills and establish at-home libraries.
BCDI-Atlanta's Early Literacy Super Saturdays aims to engage educators, parents, and support staff in learning how to support young children's development of early literacy skills.
For more resources please view our Literacy Resource list.
BCDI-Atlanta - Health & Wellness
Visit the Georgia Food Bank Association’s website to receive help with finding local food banks for families.
Count All Kids has launched a campaign to ensure that all kids are counted in the 2020 Census. Count All Kids reminds us that in doing so, kids' schools and child care centers get more of the funding they need for the next 10 years.
For more resources, please view our Health & Wellness Resource list.
BCDI-Atlanta - Public Policy
Due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the Georgia Presidential Primary Election has been rescheduled to Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on important state and local candidates and issues on that day. Here is what you need to know to cast your ballot and make sure it's counted.
The COVID-19 situation is quickly unfolding, and there will be daily changes. Please check here for the latest updates.
For more resources please view our Public Policy resource list.
BCDI-Atlanta - Child Welfare
The Early Childhood Policy at the Center for American Progress offers advocate developed short term recommendations for policymakers regarding the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program.
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is offering a free child abuse training for Georgia mandated reporters. The training is constructed to help recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect, their legal obligations related to reporting suspected abuse and neglect, and how to make a report.
For more resources please view our Child Welfare resource list.