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.

 

Child Care in Crisis: Understanding the Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 17, 2020 – Families, Young Children

Child care providers are closed to all but essential workers in 16 states, and closed altogether in Rhode Island, although providers in many more states have chosen to close voluntarily. States are addressing resulting shortages in a host of ways, including by granting emergency exceptions to closures, offering emergency child care licenses, or loosening licensing regulations (see, for example, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine). However, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has emphasized the importance of funneling resources to existing child care providers instead of new programs, to ensure program sustainability and ensure children are cared for by experienced early childhood experts. #COVID-19 #childcare

For millions of low-income seniors, coronavirus is a food-security issue

March 16, 2020 – Seniors

From the Brookings Institute: Facilitating meal deliveries (like Meals on Wheels) to low-income seniors aging in place provides crucial support in a time when grocery shopping can be risky and senior centers and food pantries may be closed or limited in operations. In Humboldt County, California an organization called SoHum Health is reaching out directly to seniors to check in about health needs and connect them with a local senior center coordinating grocery delivery. #covid-19 #foodsecurity

Policies, Practices, and Resources for Child Care and Early Education Providers Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

March 12, 2020 – Young Children

For child care and early education providers, the federal government and many states already have plans developed in the aftermath of natural disasters in the past decade that outline best practices. #covid-19 #childcare #education

How States Are Expanding Broadband Access: New research identifies tactics for connecting unserved communities

February 27, 2020 – Families

As the pandemic highlights gaps in broadband access, several older publications focused on efforts that states can undertake to strengthen broadband infrastructure have resurfaced, including an overview of state efforts from Pew. In Vermont, where a new state allows for multi-town broadband districts, efforts to improve access are accelerated amid the coronavirus pandemic. As noted in a PhilanthropyWorx piece, mobile hot spots do not work where cell coverage is poor, so these alternate strategies for expanding permanent infrastructure are key. Note: The PhilanthropyWorx piece contains a broader list of action strategies for placebased rural-focused funders which may be of interest to the Foundation. #covid-19 #rural