|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.
What Is COVID-19? And How Does It Relate to Child Development?
May 10, 2020 – Young ChildrenHarvard’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
Even before the pandemic many low-income students faced limited technology access
California school districts prepare for increased mental health service demands
More federal relief needed for elementary and secondary education
School district capacity, resources do not determine remote learning engagement
Avoiding the COVID-19 slump: Making up for lost school time
April 30, 2020 – Young ChildrenBrookings indentidfies major hurdles to overcome by the set backs of distance learning. One important difference between the COVID-19 slump and summer slump is the long-term impact of stress, which has been linked to learning problems. The upshot of these additional stressors would suggest that the COVID-19 slump might have even more impact on children from under-resourced homes than does the summer slump. #covid-19 #education
Should the Virus Mean Straight A’s for Everyone?
What COVID-19 means for America’s child welfare system
April 30, 2020 – Young ChildrenExperts are tracking changes in child maltreatment reporting, particularly as vital parts of the child welfare system—including routine exposure to doctors and teachers as reporters, home investigations, and home-based parenting programs—have been removed from daily life. In the face of these disruptions, an April publication from Child Trends that outlines strategies for caregivers and communities to promote child resilience in the pandemic. #covid-19
Mitigating COVID-19’s Rural Impact on Families At-Risk for Violence and Child Maltreatment and Neglect
April 29, 2020 – Young ChildrenResearchers at the Rural Health Information Hub share emerging strategies for mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 situation on rural child maltreatment and neglect. Though child maltreatment reports have fallen dramatically, researchers suggest this is due to reduced contact with potential reporters, rather than an actual reduction in child abuse and neglect. Nonprofit domestic violence clinics in Oregon have pivoted to new methods of connecting during the pandemic, including providing website chat boxes which are safer than a text chain on a personal phone that may be monitored by the abuser. #covid-19
Even before the Pandemic, Students with Limited Technology Access Lagged behind Their Peers
April 28, 2020 – Young ChildrenAs the nation navigates an unprecedented shift to online learning, standardized test data show students without computer or internet access are already far behind their peers in reading and math achievement. Federal policymakers, philanthropists, and internet providers looking to mitigate the negative effects of distance learning can use student survey data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to target state-level investments. Continued data collection—especially on the 2021 NAEP, if possible—will be critical for understanding the effects of this sweeping change on student outcomes. #covid-19 #education
Supporting Child Welfare Agencies During COVID-19
April 28, 2020 – Young ChildrenMathematica Policy Research experts provide resources to address challenges facing child welfare agencies in the time of a pandemic. These agencies had been struggling before the COVID-19 crisis, especially as they work to implement the new 2018 Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). One of the central goals of the FFPSA is to increase prevention efforts that identify and support children at risk of entering the child welfare system before removal becomes necessary. Mathematica experts also produced this toolkit to assist states as they continue to implement the FFPSA. #covid-19
Are you happy or sad? How wearing face masks can impact children’s ability to read emotions
April 21, 2020 – Young ChildrenSome of the new norms, such as wearing face masks in public, have unintended social consequences. Early Childhood Education experts at Brookings note the confusing impact that masks may have on children, as face coverings make it more difficult for them to read facial expressions and receive emotional cues from their caregivers. Authors provide some tips for putting young children at ease, including introducing the face mask at home first, playing peek-a-boo to show that you’ll be smiling even when the mask is on, and explaining when you will be wearing the mask and that others will be wearing them outside too. #covid-19