While COVID-19 has challenged Ohio's early childhood system, we also know that this pandemic has spurred a great deal of innovation in order to provide young children and families with the support they need. Many programs have adapted to this crisis through coming up with new ways of providing services to infants, toddlers, and their families as they try to navigate this new normal. For example, we have heard some organizations have switched to providing virtual services for the time being and this has allowed them to connect with new families that they normally would not have been able to reach. As such, they are looking into folding in virtual services into their programming. Click here for more examples of positive changes.
Groundwork and many other early childhood organizations want to better understand what these new ideas and strategies are in order to inform us on whether or not these changes should implemented to strengthen and build upon our existing early childhood system to meet the needs of more young children and their families. As such we invite you to participate in a survey conducted by the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers so we can begin to:
Understand bright spots of reform during the pandemic; and,
Capture new ideas to strengthen and build new foundations for systems of care.
This survey is designed for public sector leaders, policy analysts and advocates, service providers and other key informants working in Ohio and its communities who are working with children ages prenatal to age 5. The deadline to respond to this survey is July 31, 2020. If you have additional comments that you would like to share with us, please contact Julia Jackels at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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