Resource Library

COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.

The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.


What Is COVID-19? And How Does It Relate to Child Development?

May 10, 2020 – Young Children

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child continues to release materials aimed at helping parents understand the effects of pandemic-related stress on child development, including an infographic and a letter from the Center’s director emphasizing support for people and organizations who continue to serve children, and encouraging readers to heed good science. In particular, the Center points to evidence for building supportive relationships while social distancing. Another new piece from the Center also outlines the significance and historical reasons for racial disparities in COVID-19 impacts. #covid-19

Covid-19 insights

May 10, 2020 – General

This COVID-19-related library provides information and resources developed by ABT's experts to address this continually evolving public health situation across many facets: infectious disease research, data science operations, communications, and a range of additional areas. #covid-19

New Hampshire implementing enhanced testing in long-term care facilities

May 10, 2020 – Seniors

With COVID-19 outbreaks now confirmed at 16 long-term care facilities in New Hampshire, state health officials are implementing a plan for increased and ongoing testing. The plan involves contracting with the company Convenient MD to test all facility residents and staff as soon as possible to establish a baseline. A representative from the New Hampshire Health Care Association commented that the key will be frequent, ongoing testing for staff, as asymptomatic staff carrying the virus are the most significant threat to these facilities. #covid-19

April 2020 saw largest job losses ever recorded in the United States

May 8, 2020 – Families

On May 8, the monthly national employment and labor force statistics for April 2020 were released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The staggering estimated jobs lost in April—20.5 million—and the new unemployment rate— jumping to 14.7 percent—have been widely reported. As experts at the Urban Institute highlight, these dismal figures represent the largest job loss recorded in the United States. As these experts also detail, certain populations were hit harder by the pandemic-related shutdowns. The unemployment rate for high school graduates with no college education rose to 17.3 percent, while that of college graduates rose only to 8.4 percent. Also of note, unemployment among teenagers nearly reached 32 percent. #covid-19 #workforce

Even before the pandemic many low-income students faced limited technology access

May 8, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

Using data from the nationally representative Understanding America Study, researchers from the University of California explored issues of student access to technology. The researchers found that 85% of families with at least one school-aged child had access to the internet and a home computer, although rates were much lower (63%) among families earning $25,000 or less per year. The researchers note that children in these families may still have access to technology through tablets, smartphones, or public WiFi, but that the quality of their educational experience likely differs from those among their higher income peers. #covid-19 #education

Where Low-Income Jobs Are Being Lost to COVID-19

May 8, 2020 – General

An interactive tool from the Urban Institute allows viewers to explore estimates of low-income jobs lost by county and metro area due to the COVID-19 crisis. The tool shows the total estimated number of low-income jobs lost in the geography of interest, as well as a breakdown by industry. In the United States, an estimated 16,598,538 low-income jobs have been lost as of the publication of this Research Memo. The industries that have been hit the worst nationally are Accommodation and Food Services, Retail Trade, and Health Care and Social Assistance. #covid-19 #workforce

California school districts prepare for increased mental health service demands

May 7, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

Children will be differentially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, but many will need additional mental health supports. The Los Angeles Times reports that for many K-12 students, school is the only place where they have access to mental health services. Most public schools will not have enough counselors and social workers to meet the increased demand once students return to campus and expected budget cuts will make expanding these services difficult. California school districts are providing what they can in the short term, including checkins with students, mental health hotlines, and training teachers in mindfulness and stress reduction. #covid-19 #mentalhealth

More federal relief needed for elementary and secondary education

May 7, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

Brookings scholars draw on elementary and secondary education policy outcomes from the Great Recession to inform their recommendations for COVID-19 federal relief programs. The 2020 CARES Act appropriated $16.2 billion to education relief, which is far lower than the $56.5 billion allocated during the Great Recession. Their analysis shows that even this larger 2009 package “only delayed substantial declines in spending for elementary and secondary education for two or three years, and the COVID-19 crisis is expected to hit state revenues even harder.” Authors argue that more federal relief will be needed. #covid-19 #education

Supporting young workers is crucial to economic recovery

May 7, 2020 – Older Youth

A new report from Brookings experts covers the importance of supporting young workers—millions of whom were already among the most economically vulnerable before the pandemic. Many do not have a college degree and work in the industries hit hardest by coronavirus shutdowns. Less experience and lower levels of education likely mean these young workers will have difficulty finding new employment if they lose their job. Expanding service programs aimed at young adults—such as YouthBuild, AmeriCorps, and other models—could be influential in providing new opportunities. Additionally, federal initiatives could hire workers to provide services related to the pandemic relief effort. #covid-19 #workforce See related bill in the Senate put forth by Chris Coons (D-DE) proposing to increase AmeriCorps enrollment and stipends:

With pandemic comes significant mental health impact on young adults

May 7, 2020 – Older Youth

Although many experts have expressed concern about the expected adverse mental health outcomes the pandemic may trigger, concrete statistics have been scarce until recently. A survey conducted on April 27, 2020 by a San Diego State University researcher found that the pandemic has had particularly damaging mental health impacts on young adults and all those ages 18 – 44. #covid-19 #mentalhealth

Food insecurity has risen during pandemic

May 6, 2020 – Families

New research from the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project finds that food insecurity has skyrocketed amid the pandemic. In a survey of mothers with children under age 12, 17.4 percent reported that since the pandemic, “the children in my household were not eating enough because we just couldn’t afford enough food,” and 3.4 percent reported that this was “often” the case. In 2018, just 3.1 percent of mothers reported children not eating enough, representing a more than five-fold increase. (Related research highlights the disproportionately high rates of pandemic food insecurity for people of color: #covid-19 #foodsecurity

Guide for child care professionals navigating new unemployment programs

May 6, 2020 – Families

The Center for Law and Social Policy has created a guide for child care stakeholders navigating unemployment compensation during the pandemic. The guide explains new pandemic unemployment insurance (UI) programs that provide compensation for many child care workers who previously did not qualify for benefits, such as those who are self-employed or work part-time. The document also covers the limitations and challenges of accessing unemployment programs. Recommendations for federal and state policy actions are also included, such as expanding UI eligibility, increasing maximum duration and amount of benefits, and clarifying the process for home-based providers. #covid-19 #workforce #childcare