Special Edition, August 2020
Fun activities, aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards, to help prepare children for school success!
Special Edition:
Resources for Families
Welcome to this special edition of Learning is Everywhere. This edition shares resources and supports for families experiencing challenges during this difficult time. Feel free to share this newsletter with anyone you feel may be interested or find the information of value.

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COVID-19 Relief PA Statewide Small Business Assistance
Deadline: August 28
The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. In order to get funds to businesses in need as quickly as possible, the second application window will be the final opportunity to apply for the program. The grant awards for businesses in the second application window will be made in two decision rounds for funding.
Home Utility Assistance (LIHEAP)
Deadline: August 31
Home Utility Assistance is available, but you need to apply by August 31! LIHEAP helps with home energy bills, ensuring continuity of utility and other energy services for low-income Pennsylvanians. LIHEAP normally runs from November through April, but the Recovery Crisis program, running through August, can help with Pennsylvanians’ home energy bills, ensuring continuity of utility and other energy services for low-income Pennsylvanians. Assistance is available for both renters and homeowners.

The LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program will offer a crisis benefit made directly to utility companies or fuel providers to help offset costs for home utilities.

Applications for LIHEAP Recovery Crisis are available online at www.compass.state.pa.us. Those who prefer to submit paper applications can print from the website or request an application by phone at 1-800-692-7462 and mail it to their local County Assistance Office (CAO) or place it in a CAO’s secure drop box, if available.
Economic Impact Payment
Deadline: October 15
Even if you were not required to file a tax return, you may still qualify for the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. Oct. 15, 2020 is the deadline to apply.

Many U.S. citizens and U.S. resident aliens are eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment. The payments are up to $1,200 per individual and some people may be eligible for up to an additional $500 per qualifying child. You don’t need income to be eligible.

Visit the IRS website for more information.
  • COMPASS: COMPASS is an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs and manage benefit information. Apply for medical assistance and more.
  • COVID-19 Data & Resources: Pennsylvania specific COVID-19 data, information on symptoms & testing, FAQs & resources, contract tracing and more from the PA Department of Health.
  • COVID-19 Exposure Notification Mobile App: The Pennsylvania Department of Health is conducting a pilot program for a new COVID-19 exposure-notification mobile app, COVID Alert PA, which will be available to smartphone users starting early September.
  • Early Intervention: Early intervention consists of services and supports designed to help families with children from birth to age five who have developmental delays or disabilities.
  • Mental Health Resource Guide: The online Mental Health Resources Guide provides Pennsylvanians with a full complement of resources available to help everyone with their mental health needs.
  • Pennsylvania CHIP: CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. 
  • Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA): Provides information on topics of interest to parents, and a variety of publications and resources, as well as support through family support programs in your community.
  • Find a food pantry: The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services website has a map to help locate the closest food pantry.
  • Free and Reduced Price School Meals: Schools send school meal applications home at the beginning of each school year. However, you may apply for school meals any time during the school year by submitting an application directly to your school or district. If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, all of your children who attend school automatically qualify for free school meals.
  • Homeless Assistance Program: For families in danger of being evicted from their apartment or home, or those experiencing homelessness, the Pennsylvania Homeless Assistance Program has resources and assistance to help.
  • Pennsylvania Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Get information on homeownership, rental assistance, avoiding foreclosure, and resources to assist those facing homelessness.
  • Pennsylvania WIC: The Pennsylvania Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) serves Pennsylvania residents who are pregnant women; Breastfeeding women, for up to one year postpartum; Women up to six months postpartum, who are not breastfeeding; or Infants and children under 5 years old, including foster children.
  • SNAP: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps Pennsylvanians buy food. Those who are eligible receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) ACCESS Card to make food purchases. Experiencing a food emergency and need food right away? Help is available.
  • Care for Them: Quality early learning, whether at home, in child care, or preschool, helps all children reach their promise. Find early learning programs, learn how to keep your child healthy, and get help dealing with challenging behaviors from PA's Promise for Children.
  • Child Care Works: Pennsylvania’s child care subsidy program, Child Care Works, may be able to help. Child care subsidy makes it possible for low-income families to find reliable, quality child care near their home or work and provides financial assistance to help families afford it.
  • Early Learning Resource Center: Help with finding a child care, preschool or afterschool program, as well as help paying for child care.
  • Find Child Care: Search for Pennsylvania certified child care and early learning programs.
  • Help them Learn: Play is a fun and effective way to support your child’s learning and development. Discover playful activities you can use to help your child gain new skills at home, and learn how to prepare for preschool and kindergarten from PA's Promise for Children.
  • Pennsylvania Head Start and Early Head Start: Pennsylvania’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide free comprehensive services for low-income children from birth to entry into kindergarten.
  • Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts: Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts provides free half-day or full-day pre-kindergarten for at-risk children throughout Pennsylvania.
  • Watch them Grow: Children learn so much and grow so quickly in their first five years it can be hard to keep up! Although each child develops at his own pace, they all follow the same steps. Get resources to tell you what to expect as your child develops—and what to do if you have questions or concerns along the way from PA's Promise for Children.
  • COMPASS: COMPASS is an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs and manage benefit information. Apply for cash assistance, LIHEAP and more.
  • COVID-19 Guide: Scenarios & Benefits Available Chart: An infographic from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry providing scenarios and benefits relating to COVID-19. Provides info on paid leave if available through employer, paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Expanded Unemployment Compensation, and Workers Compensation.
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expanded the FMLA to provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave at partial pay for employees of certain types of employers if they need to care for a child whose school or child care facility is closed because of COVID-19. 
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program: The PUA program provides unemployment compensation benefits to workers who lose income or employment because they are the primary caregiver to a child whose school or childcare provider has closed. 
  • Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry: Find information on employment opportunities, unemployment compensation and more.
  • COMPASS: COMPASS is an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs and manage benefit information. Apply for medical assistance, SNAP (food stamps), school meals, cash assistance, LIHEAP and more.
  • Get A Little Help: Sometimes a family needs a little extra help. Find other families and professionals ready to support you with advice and assistance from PA's Promise for Children.
  • Resources for Families in Pennsylvania on COVID-19 (Coronavirus): PA's Promise for Children has general COVID-19 information for families relating to health and safety, talking to children about coronavirus, and other resources for families.
  • United Way of Pennsylvania 211: Help with a utilities bill, housing assistance, food, employment, health, mental health, disaster services, clothing and household, disability services, family resources and more.
The PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) provides families access to high quality services to prepare children for school and life success. 
Find more information about Quality Early Learning in Pennsylvania
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