The Pandemic’s Impact on Families

May 28, 3pm-4pm ET

This week’s COVID-19 call for EC funders explored the impact of the pandemic on families with young children and how organizations are working with families and parents to ensure culturally relevant responses to families.


  • Phil Fisher, Director of the Center for Translational NeuroScience, 
    of Oregon, Rapid EC Project, a weekly survey of a nationally
         representative samples of families with at least one child age of five. 
  • Power-PAC Illinois parent team member, Shontiesha Floyd, and Parent Chair
         of the Early Learning Strategy Team, Yolanda Williams, shared how the
         pandemic is impacting their own families and the parents they work with. 
  • Linda Melton Mann, President of the Mid Hudson (NY) Affiliate of
    National Black Child Development Institute shared how the pandemic is
    Black families and how NBCDI affiliates are working in
          communities to support families. 

Related resources on polls and surveys:

Speaker examples of culturally relevant responses to families:

Power-PAC Illinois

  • Yolanda Williams PPT on Power-PAC IL’s early learning COVID-19 work: early
          intervention, parents at the table, and parent to parent outreach.
  • ‘Fighting for Our Families’ platform calls for parents to have a
          meaningful seat at the table in developing short-term relief measures
          and long-term solutions so that all families can succeed. [English]  [Spanish]
  • COVID-19 Community Resource Guide (Chicago Area) [English] [Spanish] 

National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)

  • Learn more about how BCDI-Mid-Hudson works with churches, schools and 
         other community organizations to improve the quality of life for Black
         children and families.
  • In response to the alarming rise in food insecurity in communities
          throughout the nation caused by COVID-19, NBCDI partnered with
          Community of Hope AME Church in Temple Hills, MD and Trinity United
          Church of Christ in Chicago, IL to support the local distribution of free
          groceries to people who need them, matching donations up to $7,500. Learn
          more about the COVID-19 Matching Campaign.
  • Learn more about the National Black Child Development Institute’s (NBCDI)
         early care and education focus
    , and connect with  NBCDI affiliates in over 20
         communities across the country to learn more about their work with families.

Event Recording:

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