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.


Bus brings behavioral health care to rural Georgia families

April 19, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth, Families

A new mobile health unit is now serving two rural counties in Georgia, run by a local behavioral health organization focused on youth aged 4-21 and their families and caregivers. The unit, called the THRIVE bus, was donated by a local fire department, and includes a registered nurse, a certified addiction counselor, and a social worker. Adhering to social distancing practices, the professionals provide basic medical screenings (including for COVID-19 symptoms) and mental health assessments, and instead of referring patients out, work to address immediate needs on the spot. Partnerships with local school systems and food pantries round out service offerings. #covid-19

The scramble to feed the kids left hungry by the coronavirus crisis

April 17, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

School closures have cut students off from free and reduced-price school meals programs, with responses varying by district. One way to fill this gap is via temporary Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) program. States submit a plan to implement the program, which gives a benefit to families to cover the cost of missed school meals due to coronavirus. Michigan and Rhode Island’s plans were the first to be approved by the USDA although several other states have also submitted plans and are awaiting approval. #covid-19

Will Students without Home Internet Fall Behind During Coronavirus Shutdowns?

April 12, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

Analysis from the Public Policy Institute of California found that that most vulnerable studentsduring the coronavirus pandemic – those who are low income, Latinx, African American, or rural – are less likely to have broadband access at home. Almost 50 percent of low-income households with school-aged children did not have broadband at home. Without anchor institutions like libraries, recreation centers, and restaurants to provide public Wi-Fi, students have fewer public solutions available, which has serious implications for educational equity. #covid-19 #education

How to reach students without internet access during coronavirus? Schools get creative

April 9, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

For more rural places or districts without widespread broadband access during the coronovirus pandemic, schools are shifting to more low-tech solutions, including daily television programming tied to local curriculums via local PBS affiliates in Arkansas and California, at-home reading challenges in Rhode Island, and delivery of print materials via school bus in Nevada and Minnesota, These deliveries are sometimes paired with school meal drop-offs, as in New Hampshire. #covid-19 #education #rural

Child Trends: Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 3, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated social and economic stressors can undermine children’s development and well-being. The good news is that over four decades of research on resilience shows that protective factors can buffer children from harm and increase the chances they adapt positively to adversities such as the #COVID-19 pandemic.

NPR: K-12 Schools Try To Salvage The Term By Teaching Remotely

April 3, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

Educators share ideas and perspectives on the sudden switch to remote learning due to #COVID-19 #education

Using School Buses as Wifi Hotspots for Students

April 2, 2020 – Older Youth, Young Children

As New Hampshire switches to remote learning, the Rochester School District has come up with a unique solution to enhance internet access to students in their district. Nine school buses parked in selected locations have been equipped with mobile hotspot devices. #COVID-19 #education

Stabilizing Supports for Children and Families during the Pandemic

April 2, 2020 – Young Children, Families

The pandemic has dealt a major blow to parents’ ability to meet their children’s basic needs. Almost all parents have lost some essential elements of their stabilizing web, including schools and child care programs, which support children’s learning, relationships, and routines. To visualize the stabilizing web of supports for children’s core needs, Urban Institute researchers have released Stabilizing Children’s Lives, a new conceptual model and related materials that offer detailed looks at the role of different actors, including parents and guardians, in stabilizing support for children’s basic needs. #covid-19

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

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

Marshall Project: Coronavirus Leaves Foster Children With Nowhere to Go

March 24, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

This article looks at challenges to the child welfare system during the coronavirus outbreak including closure of family courts, suspension of family visitation, and fears of increasing abuse.

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