COVID-19 Resources

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South Carolina First Steps shares your concerns about COVID-19 and the impact it is having on children, families, child care providers and early education partners throughout our state. The following resources offer guidance on supporting your communities and addressing organizational needs during this time.

This collection will be updated as more resources become available, so check back here as needs arise. If you know of a resource we should include, please share it with us.

General COVID-19 Resources

The CDC, SC DHEC, and Office of the Governor continue to be our sources for the latest health alerts and recommended actions.

COVID-19 resources for child care providers and families can be found here on our blog.

Links and resources for parents and caregivers are available here on our website.

Supporting families

We know that local First Steps partnerships are a go-to resource for families with young children in every part of the state. As the coronavirus pandemic deepens, more families than ever will be in need of emergency resources and support. Some parents and caregivers may just now be learning about how First Steps can help them.

Local First Steps partnerships have been responding in immediate and innovative ways to the needs of families affected by this crisis. These include:

  • Sharing a contact number or warmline that any family can call for assistance or support.
  • Mobilizing staff to reach out to families via video conference or phone.
  • Collecting and sharing parenting tips and early learning resources.
  • Providing virtual home visits, parent group activities and developmental screenings.
  • Providing virtual child care training programs.
  • Helping in the community to ensure families have nutritious meals.
  • Addressing basic needs by delivering diapers, food and cleaning supplies.
  • Connecting families to technology resources.

Funding

SC First Steps provides guidance for emergency loans such as the Paycheck Protection Program.

This fundraising letter template is designed for use by any local First Steps partnership seeking emergency funds to address immediate needs.

The One SC Fund is currently activated to fund statewide COVID-19 response efforts. The funds will be granted to nonprofits to respond to community needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information about regional relief funds and fundraising efforts can be found on Together SC website.

Nonprofit operations

South Carolina First Steps outlines operational guidance to local First Steps partnerships during this emergent time.

Together SC is curating an extensive list of links, tools and resources specifically for SC nonprofit leaders.

List of resources to support child care providers reopening during COVID-19

Technology tools

Many virtual meeting resources are now available free-of-charge. Zoom also has a free option.

Remote work tools from GoToMeeting are available free to nonprofits for 3 months.

Dropbox Premium is free for three months for nonprofits providing relief to those impacted by COVID-19.

Self-care

Tips for managing stress in a nonprofit job.

How to keep the greater good in mind during the coronavirus outbreak.

The CDC also has resources for managing anxiety and stress.