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Families and Caregivers – We need your help!

Parents are finding themselves with increased levels of responsibility as the result of closed schools and child cares, stay-at-home orders, and new social distancing measures. Children are facing higher levels of isolation—unprecedented in our time—resulting in a mental toll on many.

The Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) Child Care Task Force is conducting a comprehensive statewide needs assessment of Montana’s early childhood and school-age systems. To help with this assessment, we are asking families and caregivers to complete a survey so we can learn from your experiences trying to access services, navigate the system, and engage with providers.

Your participation will enter you into a raffle to a $50 Amazon gift card! 

Contributing partners include: Scigaia, MT Child Care Resource & Referral Network, MT Afterschool Alliance, Greater Gallatin United Way, Zero to Five Statewide, Zero to Five Missoula, Child Care Connections, Family Connections MT, Gallatin Valley YMCA, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies and, HRDC 7 Child Care.

This Task Force is collaborating to support solutions to move our economy forward, safe care for our children, profession support for our educators. This is not a problem only one organization can tackle, together we are leading with empathy, passion, data, and expertise to solve these problems.

We invite you to be part of this movement.

We are interested in learning from families who have:

  • Experienced a shift in child care needs related to COVID-19, school closures and employment changes,
  • Used on wanted to use emergency child care services, relief programs or any type of health services
  • Have concerns about the upcoming school year and future child care needs as the state continues to reopen

We want to hear from parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, foster families, and every other type of caretakers.  We need to hear from as many voices as possible to help us understand how we can improve the safety and care systems that support you and your children during COVID-19.

Survey Link: https://www.enhancemt.org 

Time: 20 minutes

Deadline: July 10th 

Questions? Amber Caldwell amber.m.caldwell@scigaia.com

The response to the global COVID-19 pandemic has affected every industry but seems to have hit parents, caregivers, and their children with even greater risks. There are four basic problems in our child care systems that did not exist before: increase parental responsibility for daily child care; increased isolation for children; decrease child care options; and decreased productivity for virtual workers.

The goal of the assessment is to understand the affect of COVID-19 on the early childhood and school-aged systems and define ways to improve service to families. The purpose of this survey is to:

  • Gather information that can be acted on by the task force to provide resources and services,
  • Identify specific needs that can be addressed through collaborations,
  • Create a platform to share information and reinforce efforts to support child care beyond COVID-19

This assessment is a part of a project lead by SciGia, a data driven software company that builds decision making platforms for pressing problems with the ultimate goal of creating solutions for sustainable well being. Please follow us here to learn more:  https://www.scigaia.com/  or contact: Amber Caldwell, Health Strategist amber.caldwell@scigaia.com