COVID-19 ECE Collaborative Executive Summary, 2021/2022

The COVID-19 ECE Collaborative identified gaps and developed more than 90 resources to educate a range of community collaborators who support early care and education of children across the nation. This included: home- and facility-based ECE providers; licensing agencies; state, territorial, tribal, and local health departments; the environmental health workforce who supports or interacts with childcare facilities; and national associations and accreditation organizations associated with early childhood education. Examples of those resources on COVID-19 in ECE facilities include: NEHA’s COVID ECE webpage, webinars, infographics, fact sheets, assessments, checklist forms, tool kits, and other methods to engage stakeholders. The resources discuss the following topics: disinfection, food handling, disaster preparedness, ventilation, indoor air quality, hand sanitizers, and cleaning products. As mentioned, these materials used a HiAP approach to reach a range of audiences that interact with children and ECE facilities. Each organization developed resources for their specified audience, but those resources were also promoted through all the organizations of the Collaborative. This promotion was a great way to get information to an audience that an organization might not normally connect or interact with. Appendix A and B contain a list of all the resources developed to date as part of the COVID-19 ECE Collaborative between September 14, 2020, and December 31, 2021. THE COLLABORATIVE IMPACT COVID-19 ECE COLLABORATIVE 14