COVID-19 ECE Collaborative Executive Summary, 2021/2022

COVID-19 Early Care and Education Collaborative Organizations Association of State Public Health Nutritionists Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Children’s Environmental Health Network Founded in 1952, the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) is a nonprofit membership organization that provides state and national leadership on food and nutrition policy, programs, and services aimed at improving the health of our population. ASPHN’s membership is composed of more than 700 public health nutritionists located throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. ASPHN’s vision is to create new environmental norms where healthy eating and active living are the easy and natural choices for all people living in the U.S. The ASPHN mission is to strengthen nutrition policy, programs, and environments for all people through development of public health nutrition leaders and collective action of members nationwide. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is a national, nonprofit organization that represents public health agencies in the U.S., its territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO’s primary function is to track, evaluate, and advise members on the impact and formation of public or private health policy that may affect them and to provide guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation’s health. ASTHO’s Environmental Health Program helps state and territorial public health agencies build their capacity to respond to environmental public health challenges. ASTHO provides resources for these agencies on emerging environmental health issues and influences discussions and policy making around environmental health to ensure the inclusion of state and territorial health perspectives in developing policy. The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is a national multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment. CEHN has been working at the national level for nearly 30 years on policy, education, and support of pediatric research vital to children’s environmental health. CEHN has partnered with local and national professional and advocacy organizations and local, state, and federal government agencies. CEHN has also worked with a wide range of stakeholders including parents, youth, legislators, researchers, physicians, nurses, clergy, and childcare professionals. CEHN’s Eco-Healthy Child Care® program has worked nationally for over 10 years to partner with childcare professionals to eliminate or reduce environmental health hazards found in early childhood learning environments. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 9