La Red Latina de Educación Temprana

COVID-19 Impact

A NAEYC survey in April 2020 reported that 15% of child care programs were completely closed in Minnesota, with another 20% open only for children of essential workers, and 47% operating with modified rules. Of providers who are still open, 75% were operating at less than 50% capacity.

Emergency Fund

La Red Latina de Educación Temprana “La Red” is a community-created model and intermediary designed to train and support FFN providers. La Red Latina de Educación Temprana has developed a fund to address immediate needs in the Latinx community due to the COVID19 pandemic. La Red is reaching out to our over 220 members who are primarily undocumented and mixed-status families providing high-quality care to undocumented and mixed-status families living across the Twin Cities region. With this funding, we will provide grants to FFN providers to purchase additional food for their family, medicine, and other items of need.

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Valuing and Including FFN Care in Early Childhood Systems

As we collectively see, learn, and support FFN caregivers, we will better value and include these essential caregivers and the children and families they serve in early childhood systems. With new federal investments, now is the time to embark on this journey to make our system more inclusive and equitable.
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Special Series: The PPP Extension and Home-Based Child Care By Gary Romano Civitas Strategies

If you haven’t received a PPP, it is a great time to get in on the program before it ends. The application for a first time PPP is straightforward and forgiveness (the process of removing the debt so you can keep the funds) is easier than ever. The PPP deadline has been extending until May 31, 2021.
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Special Series: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave By Gary Romano Civitas Strategies

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave provides home-based child care providers with the opportunity to receive funds that can support them with expenses needed to run their organizations. There are two programs through which home-based child care providers can provide this leave: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA).