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 www.jtgfoundation.org/resources/covid-19 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.

 

Snapshot of the COVID Crisis Impact on Working Families

March 30, 2020 – Families

Researchers from Columbia and Duke Universities examined effects of the coronavirus pandemic in an ongoing sample of service workers in a single U.S. city. Their findings indicate that families’ work situations rapidly evolved, as did their mental health and stress levels. Importantly, the authors noted that rapid response and existing public policies—like emergency childcare, grab-and-go meals, distance learning, and unemployment insurance—are slow to reach families in need, both because families may not know how to nimbly access these resources and because existing programs have inherent enrollment barriers. By contrast, families who were still receiving some pay were doing much better financially than their unpaid counterparts, suggesting that employer-delivered benefits, like employment guarantee programs in the United Kingdom, may be most effective at keeping families afloat. #covid-19 #workforce

SWCAP’s Pop-Up Food Pantry hits the road

March 30, 2020 – Families

In rural Wisconsin, a Community Action Program has created a pop-up food pantry to support residents who are isolating, struggling with food costs, or cannot reach a traditional pantry during the coronavirus pandemic. The mobile unit is a bus (donated by Head Start), outfitted with refrigerators and shelves (donated by a local foundation and several businesses). The bus has been traversing the county since the end of March, dropping off pre-boxed foods at seniors’ residences without face-to-face contact. #covid-19 #foodsecurity #rural

What Young Parents Need to Weather the COVID-19 Crisis

March 30, 2020 – Families

Young parents between the ages of 16 and 24, and especially the 58 percent who were single when they had their child, are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Young parents’ jobs make them more likely to need child care assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. This article shows how some states and municipalities have already begun to tackle this problem and sugguest further policies to help young parents. #covid-19 #workforce

Brookings: A broad strategy for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 27, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

As schools transistion to online learning, they can make important innovations to generate a better long term outcome. The author offers some specific proposals for how schools can help meet our broad social and economic needs. #COVID-19 #education

America Can Skill Up Unemployed Workers Today for Tomorrow’s Jobs

March 26, 2020 – Families

The US government could support a program to invest in human capital by supporting programs to upgrade skills of American workers. America hasn’t been training enough workers for a long time. The result has been a serious mismatch between job requirements and worker capabilities. Because they can’t go to work, many workers have the time to become active learners; training will not displace other production. #covid-19 #workforce

School Nutrition Heroes: On the Front Lines of COVID-19

March 25, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

School nutrition programs have continued responding to school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic with new meal distribution systems, including expanding meal pick up options to all students regardless of school meal enrollment (Natomas Unified School District, California) and offering drive-by pickups for families at multiple locations (Santa Clarita Valley, California). However, concerns about sustaining expensive delivery models are beginning to surface. #covid-19 #education #foodsecurity

CLASP: Ensuring Young Children Have Healthy Meals During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 23, 2020 – Young Children

This factsheet explores the nutrition provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Families First includes several important provisions that will help parents and caregivers keep food on the table during this crisis. Maine DHHS has requested emergency benefit increases for all current SNAP recipients and flexibility on various administrative requirements, as suggested by the factsheet. #COVID-19 #foodsecurity

Immune system aging explains why older adults are at higher risk from COVID-19

March 19, 2020 – Seniors

Although people of all ages are at risk, data from public health officials around the world have shown that older adults have been impacted more severely by #COVID-19 than their younger counterparts. Furthermore, the risks are not the same for all adults over 60. As people reach 70 and 80 years old, they have increasing risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19, likely due to the ways in which the immune system ages.

Child Trends: School-based health centers can deliver care to vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 18, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

Report makes recommendations to school districts for supporting the health and well being of students while schools are closed. School-based health centers disproportionately reach low-income students and those living in rural areas. For many, such services represent their only access to health care—at a time when they may need care the most. #covid-19 #education

CLASP: Policymaking Principles for Supporting Child Care and Early Education Through the Coronavirus Crisis.

March 18, 2020 – Young Children, Families

This report offers basic principles for supporting child care and early education through the coronavirus pandemic. The Author posits that Federal and state governments must invest significant resources to shore up the child care industry in bid to stabilize families who depend on child care and child care workers. #covid-19 #childcare #education

Where South Bend students can find buses with free access to Wi-Fi

March 18, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

With the shift to distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic, many districts are addressing students’ unequal access to broadband challenges (see “Emerging Statistics” section, below for related research). Strategies for addressing this divide have clustered on circulation of mobile hot spots on buses (as in South Bend, Indiana and Rochester, New Hampshire), and the distribution of laptops for students (as in California), which were funded by private donors and foundations. Industry responses include the placement of hotspots in communities for public use, as Comcast and Atlantic Broadband have done. #covid-19 #education

MBA Class of 2020 Faces Tough Summer or Worse as Recession Looms

March 18, 2020 – Older Youth

A slate of news has focused on the pandemic’s effects on graduating students at all levels. The Center for American Progress has published a piece on how states can support equitable pathways graduating high school seniors, including addressing equity for marginalized students, clarifying graduation expectations, and providing guidance on transitioning to career education, military, or college pathways. The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights challenges for low income students in career education programs, whose completion of clinical hours or licensing exams were disrupted just before they expected to land good jobs. Some experts advise students to use this time to continue in school, or to otherwise bolster credentials before entering the workforce. #covid-19 #education