For children and families to reach their fullest potential, every community needs
a strong grid of resources
. The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting Arkansas communities hard. Before the current crisis, many communities were struggling to fill in their grids and build stronger connections between resources. The pandemic has weakened grids even further.
The good news is nonprofits, businesses, philanthropic organizations, and governments are stepping in to provide an unprecedented, and much needed, level of resources. Last week Congress passed and the president signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Gov. Asa Hutchinson has provided steady leadership, announcing policy changes and relief measures to address the crisis almost daily.
During this difficult time, AR-GLR will be publishing our newsletter weekly instead of monthly, sharing resources that families, businesses, nonprofits, and policymakers can use right now to shore up our collective community grids
. We will provide details about how to apply for or access the resources made available by the CARES Act as its provisions are implemented, connect you with resources to keep children learning and engaged at home, make policy recommendations, and more.