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.


Center for Community College Research: Emerging Challenges the Coronavirus Poses for Community Colleges

April 7, 2020 – Older Youth

Community colleges across the country are rapidly adapting to new circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and though campuses and state systems must make individual policy decisions, they face some common challenges. The Maine Community College System has encouraged continued education by providing short-term, free online health care training programs to recently laid-off residents. #COVID-19 #education

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

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

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

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