Skip to main content

Childcare & Early Education

[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A graphic image with a dark blue silhouette of a baby's head cradled in a lighter blue hand.]

COVID-19 Tips, Actions for Families and Childcare Providers

April 7, 2020
First, let me say that I hope this note finds you and the ones you love safe and healthy. I also want you to know ZERO TO THREE is here for you and everyone who cares about the health and well-being of babies and toddlers. Our work together, on behalf of the youngest among us, is far too important...
Matthew Melmed's picture

See how COVID-19 has put child care in crisis

April 7, 2020
Every morning for the last two weeks I’ve woken up wondering what impact this COVID-19 crisis will have on my toddler’s life along with our entire country. My partner and I are juggling our work schedules (like so many parents and caregivers!) the best we can as we try to give her some semblance of...
Nina Perez's picture

#5Actions You Can Take Right Now: Paid Leave, Protecting Incarcerated Loved Ones, and More

April 3, 2020
Last week, the CARES Act was passed by Congress and signed into law. You can read our statement here . While there is still more work to be done, the CARES Act provides urgently-needed support to moms and working families, small businesses and the health care system. This week's actions are things...
Sue Anne Reed's picture
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A graphic image with a blue background and text that reads MOM-entum.]

Moms rise in crisis: Your March MOMentum

April 3, 2020
As you know, this movement fights for essential, lifesaving, and long overdue rights for all women, moms and families every day -- rights like accessible, affordable healthcare and child care, paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, among others. Rights that are more important than ever in times of crisis like now.
Anita's picture

Ways to Manage Young Children While Sheltering at Home

March 31, 2020
Parents of young children are probably the most tired and affected during this time of staying safe at home. Young children, unlike older children, do not have the ability to separate this time of sheltering at home from “normal time.” This is why a parent of a young child needs to be careful in...
Lina Acosta Sandaal's picture
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A graphic image describing a paid leave option covered in the Families First Coronavirus Act.]

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ by A Better Balance, 1/2

March 30, 2020
Congress passed, and the President has signed, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which is effective from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Congress also passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which is generally effective on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act amended FFCRA with respect to some sick time provisions and also provides expanded unemployment insurance benefits. Below are responses to some Frequently Asked Questions by workers about the new laws as they pertain to paid sick time. You can read A Better Balance’s statement about the passage of FFCRA and how we are fighting for additional protections, here.
A Better Balance's picture

Let Them Play - Why Play-Based Learning During COVID-19 Works

March 26, 2020
When I heard a COVID-19 made homeschooler “pooh-pooh” the merits of educational play, I realized that we need to reassess the definition of play and build homeschooling programs, be they temporary or long-term that incorporate play as a means of achieving more effective learning.
Lisa Quattlebaum's picture

Why "Parents Just Don't Understand" Teens In Times of Stress

March 26, 2020
There are many baffling behaviors of teens. For many parents of teens the behavior they could slightly tolerate is now exacerbated by the quarantine. Watch Lina Acosta Sandaal, child development expert and psychotherapist and Cristy Clavijo-Kish, mom of twin teens, explain the behavior and how to...
Lina Acosta Sandaal's picture
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Text at the top reads "Coronavirus Childcare Corner"]

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Cover Childcare Costs NOW!

March 23, 2020
As MomsRising's senior campaign director on child care policy, I'm leading our work to push the federal government to cover childcare costs for both providers and parents as part of the emergency relief effort. We know there is a real and present danger that if this goes on for an extended time, we...
Nina Perez's picture
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photo of an empty swing, with a child out of focus behind it.]

When Schools Close, Child Care Centers Come to The Rescue. What Happens When They Must Close, Too?

March 20, 2020
Access to quality child care is a necessity, particularly as we face the COVID-19 crisis that has transformed our lives. Child care workers set a solid foundation for many families, caring for children to allow parents to go to work without worry. Think about the young children of nurses, doctors, cashiers at local stores. Where can they send their children to be properly taken care of while they work through this pandemic to save people.
Maya Boddie's picture