As COVID-19 has temporarily changed the landscape of afterschool across the country, programs across Georgia are rising to the challenge to continue to provide meaningful engagement and services for young people and their families. As your work evolves, we hope to provide resources and opportunities to best support you and your programs during this time. Here you will find virtual professional development opportunities, avenues for virtually engaging with youth, resources to pass along to parents and families with youth at home, policy updates, funding information, and self-care strategies.
Georgia’s COVID-19 Hotline: (844) 442-2681
Georgia Crisis and Access Line: 1-800-715-4225
Afterschool Policy Updates and Advocacy Resources
You can find Governor Kemp’s latest Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 here.
This guide outlines what our child-serving agencies are doing to mitigate the challenges presented by this pandemic as well as lay out recommendations for actions still in progress. We note key policies that can help children and families and highlight the legislative or regulatory levers that enable them. Because policies, waivers, and directives are rapidly being approved, these charts are living documents.
If you would like to access more policy changes that affect the overall well-being of children, please visit our partner’s, Voices for Georgia’s Children, COVID-19 Response & Policy Recommendations.
Passed on March 6 with over $8 billion in emergency funding for federal agency responses to COVID-19, largely supporting vaccine research & development and the CDC.
Passed on March 18, which supports families with paid sick leave and unemployment benefits, food assistance, and free COVID-19 testing.
Passed on March 27, a $2.3 trillion emergency relief package that directs aid to families, hospitals, businesses, and states, including a one-time cash payment directly to individuals.
If you would like to learn more about how these laws could support children and families, please click here to access our partner’s, Voices for Georgia’s Children, easy-to-read-summary.
Overview of afterschool programs supporting Georgia’s youth and families during COVID-19 and how partnering with afterschool can support schools in addressing students’ needs.
Email and letter template for afterschool providers to partner with schools in their efforts to reopen during the fall.
Comparison of schools that coordinate student grouping with afterschool providers vs. schools that do no coordinate with afterschool providers.
The afterschool field is an essential part of the nationwide community response to the coronavirus pandemic, and programs continue to play a critical role throughout recovery as our states reopen for business.
Five essential building blocks to support the social, emotional, and academic learning of all young people as schools reopen.
Schools can use afterschool staff as utility players that can take on additional tasks to help them open and operate safely.
Sample email template for afterschool providers offering full day in person programming to partner with schools and support distance learning.
A tool to encourage LEAs to consider how ESSER funds may be used for afterschool and summer learning programs to support student learning.
A framework for holistic ways ESSER Funds can be used to address learning loss.
Guidance for Afterschool, Summer Camp, Child Care, and Schools
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)
The following practices align with CDC guidelines for open child care programs during the COVID-19 health crisis and should be implemented by all open and reopening child care programs until further notice to assist the programs in compliance with the Executive Order issued on May 12, 2020.
The following practices align with CDC guidelines for open day camp programs during the COVID-19 health crisis and should be implemented by all open and reopening day camp programs until further notice to assist the programs in compliance with the Executive Order issued May 12, 2020.
Helpful resources including a field guide designed to provide camp directors and staff with a practical guide and tool kit to implement specific recommendations provided by the CDC in relation to risk reduction at camps.
Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)
Georgia Department of Education’s guidance to support districts and communities in determining their plans and strategies for reopening schools.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Comprehensive list of considerations to assist directors and administrators in making re-opening decisions.
Public Health considerations for reopening youth programs and camps during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For programs that are planning to re-open.
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
This information is intended for child care programs that remain open, and should be used in conjunction with CDC’s guidance for administrators of child care programs and K-12 schools (above). This guidance does not supersede state and local laws and policies for child care programs.
The Institute for Childhood Preparedness, in conjunction with NAA and many of its State Affiliates, board members, and partners, has compiled guidance for establishing emergency child care services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resulting document was developed in an effort to make child care and afterschool operations as safe as possible.
Guidance and resources for Youth Organizations focused on getting kids back to being kids. This guidance is not meant to replace recommendations from local and state agencies on when to open, but rather to provide additional support and insight.
Economic Assistance and Funding
COVID-19 Response Funds
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the United Way of Greater Atlanta fund to support those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related impacts caused by COVID-19. They are continually assessing needs and gaps in delivering essential services to the children and families in the Greater Atlanta region. Participate in their Digital Listening Session to let them know what your organization is doing and inform their plan on how to deploy resources effectively and efficiently.
COVID-19 Community Relief Fund specifically for Southwest Georgia.
COVID-19 Emergency Response Funds by county.
Federal & state funds, public benefits, private grants, relevant resources. Keep checking back. Updates ongoing.
GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19.
Community COVID Youth-Led Project Mini-Grants to help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, from providing meals to elderly neighbors to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated.
Resources for Financial Assistance
For employers required to file employer filed (partial) claims online on behalf of their full and part-time employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily reduce work hours or there is no work available due to COVID-19.
Nonprofits and small businesses with fewer than 500 employees eligible for loans to meet payroll and other qualifying costs. Much of the loan is forgivable if you keep staff on payroll during the loan period (currently March 1 through June 30).
EID loans offering up to $2M in assistance are already available on a first-come, first-served basis to nonprofits to help overcome temporary loss in revenue caused by COVID-19. These loans are similar to other disaster relief loans and do not include loan forgiveness.
Financial Management Resources
Fiscal Management Associates
Resources for Food Assistance
FoodFinder is a safe, secure mobile and web app that gives food-insecure children and their families a way to find free food assistance programs quickly.
Foodbanks by region in Georgia.
Georgia: COVID-19 Waivers & Flexibilities across 15 nutrition programs: WIC, SNAP, Afterschool Activity, etc.
Virtual Professional Development
Maintaining the Physical and Behavioral Health of Children – Hear from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Experts (On-Demand)
Learn about infection control and behavioral health supports and the resiliency of youth from experts, Dr. Andi L. Shane, Chief of Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Jody Baumstein, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Facilitated by Steve Zimmerman of Spectrum Nonprofit Services, LLC this presentation will cover topics of 1) understanding organizational cash position, 2) making strategic financial decisions, and 3) how to communicate these issues with stakeholders.
Join us for a review of virtual learning platforms followed by an interactive youth engagement virtual roundtable. During the roundtable discussion, youth development professionals will share tips and practices for effective virtual youth engagement.
Stress Management for Youth Development Professionals: Caring for the OST Community During COVID-19 (On-Demand)
It’s a simple fact: we’re better able to support children’s well-being once we take time to nourish our own physical and social-emotional health. Though change and uncertainty can magnify stress, knowing simple ways to mitigate these feelings can go a long way in fostering our own personal well-being. Join this interactive session, facilitated by Alliance for a Healthier Generation, that will cover the impacts and response patterns associated with stress, along with practical tips and resources you can share to help all of us maintain our cool even when times are tough.
In this “new normal,” we have to learn new ways of engaging our staff, colleagues and clients. Join us for this interactive, hands-on webinar, facilitated by GUIDE, Inc., that will teach you how to do just that! Participants will walk away with tools and resources that they can immediately implement in any online staff meeting or training.
Live Virtual Professional Development Opportunities From Our Partners
NAMI Georgia and community partners are offering weekly educational webinars on Thursdays from 12 – 1 pm EST. Webinars are free of charge and all are welcome.
Join Mental Health America for free webinars on a range of different topics.
Provided by Personify Wild Apricot throughout the month of August on topics including volunteer management, grant applications, donor stewardship, online fundraising, diversity, equity and inclusion, and more.
Always Available Virtual Professional Development
The Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality’s Youth Worker Webinar Series
Better Kid Care’s School-Age Professionals Webinars
Child Welfare Training Collaborative’s Trauma and Brain Development 101 Training
National Afterschool Association’s SEL for Kids Starts with the Adults Webinar Series
National Afterschool Association Online Professional Development
Afterschool Alliance Online Professional Development
You for Youth’s Online Professional Learning & Technical Assistance for 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Virtual Learning and Engagement
Resources Youth Development Professionals Can Use to Engage Youth
Mizzen by Mott is a new app that helps afterschool programs support kids! Get hands-on activities that foster well-being and learning in arts, STEM, storytelling, and more.
School-age resources to enhance a child’s daily home schedule with creativity and fun learning.
Webinars and other resources from STEM Ecosystems to keep children engaged and learning with STEM at Home.
Kick off your meetings in fun and engaging ways with these icebreaker activities created or collected by GUIDE Inc.
Boys and Girls Clubs app offering fun activities and learning opportunities.
YouTube series providing youth development tricks and homework help.
Activities on STEM related topics. (Grades K – 12)
A wealth of resources to support activity planning for youth at home.
Daily lesson plans with interactive, video-based learning. (Grades K – 12+)
Activities sorted by age, skills, difficulty, duration, participants, & topics. Free to access, but please note a cost is associated with some activities. (Ages 2 – 14+)
Tips for mentors who are newly thrust into the world of text-based mentoring.
Considerations for cybersecurity and privacy before implementing technology-driven alternatives to classroom learning.
Designed to break down the fears and boundaries that prohibit vulnerability and creativity between educators and students.
Opportunities for Learning & Development in Out-of-School Time, The Science of Creating Safe, Supportive Environments at Home, and more.
An alliance dedicated to equity for complex learners.
FREE access to our online programming to any school or camp in need of digital SEL curriculum. (Grades Pre-K – 12)
A new brief explains how positive youth development programs can more effectively engage with, support, and meet the needs of youth and young adults of color by embedding a racial equity perspective into their work. To do this, the researchers recommend that programs actively recruit and engage youth, young adults, and leadership of color; and ensure that all young people are able to participate in high-quality programs that recognize and develop their strengths.
Online safety guidance and resources for adults managing online activity of youth.
Resources Youth Development Professionals Can Share With Families to Support Youth
Resources for parents and families and the most up-to-date guidance for school districts.
Strategies for talking to youth about COVID-19:
– Child Mind: Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus (English & Spanish)
Programming and activities developed by Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Georgia Department of Education. (Grades Pre-K – 12)
Free online preschool including sing-a-longs, story time, and enrichment activities.
Free books online, available in English & Spanish. (Grades Pre-K – 3)
Worksheets and Games. (Grades Pre-K – 5)
Educational and entertaining activities and virtual experiences.
Activities on topics such as Social Emotional Learning, STEM, physical activity, art & community service.
Activities on the subjects of chemistry, engineering, physical science, math, art, nature & human biology. (Ages 5 – 13+)
20 days of free daily projects and activities. (Grades Pre-K – 9)
Education platform offering videos, activities, online games, and quizzes to test knowledge.
Resource for leading group discussions for people working remotely or families who have kids at home.
Libraries by county offering virtual programming and a temporary digital library card.
Educational resources for students. Activities are mapped by grade and subjects. (Grades K – 12)
Strong4Life’s resources for families including tips for healthy coping strategies, how to prevent injury during social distancing, expert advice by age, and more.
SEL materials in English and Spanish for parents and guardians to support trauma-sensitive environments.
COVID-19 guidance & resources.
Ways to cope with stress during this time.
How to help someone with anxiety or depression during COVID-19.
Crisis lines, webinars, and related information for coping during COVID-19.
Mental health guidance, advice, resources, and programs during COVID-19.
Information and FAQs about mental health and COVID-19.
Learn ways to cope during this pandemic.
A selection of web pages and information sheets on mental health and coping with the effects of COVID-19.
Strategies and resources to manage your own mental well-being while also caring for others during this pandemic.
Free resource hub of the nation’s most credible mental health organizations to help people address their mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
GSAN Forum: COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Slides From Past Forums
As you consider how your program serves and engages with youth virtually, be sure to consider online safety and privacy of your work.
Hold virtual meetings, video webinars, & conference rooms. Free and paid plans available. If using Zoom with youth, be sure to check out this blog post on how to best utilize the platform’s privacy functions.
Audio and video conferencing.
For existing mentor/mentee relationships only. If interested, please complete this Participant Interest Form. (Ages 13+)
Post updates, small and large group chats and video meetings. Free with a Gmail account.
Post activities and videos, individual and group messaging with teachers.
Record videos of activities and lessons. Free and paid plans.
New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service if you are approved by May 13, 2020.
Supporting students, teachers, and families with remote learning.
Free virtual platform to engage youth. Students can showcase and share their learning by adding photos and videos to their own portfolios.
Current map of locations of public wi-fi options in Georgia, offered by state and local governments, public libraries, telecommunications cooperatives, and other WiFi providers.
Technology devices and support services that keep students connected and learning.