Health inequity is one of many issues both highlighted and worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than two months into the worldwide crisis, the impacts have been disproportionately felt across society as people of color and those experiencing poverty are bearing the brunt of the burden.
The attendance rate was relatively similar between rural and non-rural settings for infants and toddlers. However, these numbers differed significantly for older children. For preschoolers, just 26% of those in non-rural counties were still attending versus 38% in in rural counties. For school-age children in non-rural counties, providers were serving just 12% of their capacity for this age range, compared to 41% for rural providers.
Following the release of the survey, ICS sent a list of resources to respondents in the hopes that we may be able to help them navigate some challenges while policymakers develop broader solutions. We are sharing an updated version of this list to assist providers in any states who may be facing similar challenges.
Over the last week, ICS collected responses to a survey of child care providers in South Carolina to better understand how the spread of COVID-19 – and the resulting economic impacts – are affecting the child care sector. The child care sector is essential to the health and well-being of millions of South Carolina families and to our economy as a whole.
Children are currently cut off from in-person interactions with many concerned individuals who may notice that something is amiss, from teachers to coaches to clergy to extended family members.
Families that struggle to provide adequate food and nutrition likely faced tremendous barriers to being able to stockpile based on a lack of financial liquidity at the beginning of the crisis and may be experiencing significant anxiety related to meal provision.
…go to sleep and wake up at consistent times, set timeframes for meals, and create chunks of time for major activities such as work-related, school-related, physical exercise, connecting with others through technology, and family entertainment and playing...Dress for the social life you desire, not necessarily the more limited social life you have during this period of time. Put on some bright colors—how we dress can impact our mood and feelings about the day.
The first program we covered is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – a forgivable loan, meaning that it can function much like a grant, to support small businesses with up to 2.5 months of payroll and certain other expenses (rent/mortgage, utilities). Funding for this was limited, and was given out on a first-come first-served basis. As a result, it has - since the webinar - run out of its initial funds.
All pregnant people may experience changes to their prenatal visits as offices take steps to avoid the spread of COVID-19. This may include changes in schedule availability, restrictions on other people attending visits, or a shift, where possible, to telehealth visits.
...reducing crowds in public places and through private gatherings is an essential piece of the state and national strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and preserve essential medical resources. But what happens when you don’t have a home to shelter in, or when your regular shelter is itself crowded and doesn’t allow for isolation?