COVID-19 ECE Collaborative Executive Summary, 2021/2022

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a demonstrated need for clear and consistent information for how to work to mitigate the risk of getting COVID-19 among children in the places where they live, learn, and play. Information was especially needed for ECE facilities, where many children spend most of their active hours during the day and may be at increased risk for exposure to COVID-19 and other environmental health hazards. The Collaborative was established for organizations to share best practices and share the needs they were hearing from their membership. In addition, the work was to focus on environmental health issues specifically that arose due to the COVID-19 pandemic that applied to ECEs. To meet this challenge and provide coordination for ECE-related resources and tools, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry provided support to establish the COVID-19 Early Care and Education Collaborative. THE COLLABORATIVE HISTORY COVID-19 ECE COLLABORATIVE 6