Help for Local “Front Line” Child Care Professionals April 14, 2020 Child Care AnswersHealth & Safety Providers No Comments Updated as of May 19, 2020. There’s been so much talk about the “front line” during the COVID-19 pandemic: medical professionals, emergency personnel, grocery workers. But, we know that there are so many child care programs who are still open and still providing quality care for the children of those going in to work every day. We strongly believe you are front line and essential too! These are unusual times and create unusual circumstances. Your needs are different from what they were a month ago. Or, the unfulfilled needs you had before are now amplified to a critical point. There are so many businesses and agencies looking for a way to help – connect with some of these Central Indiana resources below! Are you a business or service that can help? Let us know! Supplies and materials ACA Cleaning Supply Vendors: A good comprehensive list of where you might start to find cleaning supplies. Indiana Diaper Bank Partners: If you have a family in need of diapers, you can refer them to one of Indiana Diaper Bank’s distributing partners. Health and sanitation procedures COVID-19 Testing through Optum: If you have symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or in a high risk group, many options are available across Central Indiana for FREE testing. Indiana State Department of Health: Answers to FAQs about COVID-19, specifically related to child care programs. CDC Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open: Information on preparedness and planning, social distancing, cleaning, interactions with families, and more. Financial and business support Indy Chamber Rapid Response Hub: Information on local resources for loans, finding employees, legal support, and more. SCORE Business Mentoring: Get FREE guidance from an experienced business professional in how to move forward with your program in these trying times. KHWPRW: Resource bank for Central Indiana, including links to a number of grants and loans. General support Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning: The state of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration has all hands on deck to ensure you have the resources you need for your child care program and to support your familes and children. Child Care Aware of America: National resource for business supports, how to connect with families, policies affecting your program, and more. Afterschool Alliance: Answers to FAQs for those providing care to school agers, including guidance on precautions, meals, staff, family support, and more. Like, Follow, and Share If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or Instagram. We’ll have all the latest news and resources right there in your newsfeed!