This message contains important information about COVID-19 and how you can encourage Georgia's Congressional leaders to prioritize young children and families during this difficult time.

Urge U.S. Senate to Pass Families First Coronavirus Response Act

As our country struggles to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress must take swift action to ensure families have what they need to care for their young children. The Families First Coronavirus Response (“Families First”) Act, passed by the House, is a critical first step that will provide resources to address the pandemic and represents a down payment on what American families and babies need to get through this public health event. Now it’s the Senate’s turn.   
Contact Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler TODAY to insist they pass this critical legislation.

Senator David Perdue
Call: (404) 865-0087

Senator Kelly Loeffler
Call: (202) 224-3643

The Families First Act contains several key provisions that will bring needed stability to babies and families:   

  • Increased funding for emergency medical assistance for the duration of the pandemic;  

  • Increased funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to fight food insecurity as families lose wages and children lose access to free or reduced-price meals in school or child care;   

  • Emergency paid sick days and paid leave to allow workers to stay home if they are sick or they need to care for a sick family member, or to care for children whose child care programs or schools are closed; and  

  • Extended federal funding for unemployment compensation, offering essential money for families who lose their jobs in the crisis.     

Contact Senators Perdue and Loeffler TODAY and tell them that babies and families need the provisions of the Families First Act!    

  1. You can call each of your Senate offices directly:

    Senator David Perdue, (404) 865-0087
    Senator Kelly Loeffler, (202) 224-3643

  1. Use the message below, either with a staffer or in a message:  

My name is ____________. I’m a constituent, and I am calling to urge the Senator to support our state’s families and babies by passing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act immediately. To protect our state’s health, families must have the support they need to comply with public health recommendations, including emergency medical assistance, access to nutrition assistance programs, and emergency paid sick days and paid leave. I urge the Senator to take swift action to protect our families, today and into the future.   

Can't call? Click here to e-mail your Senators.

Early Care and Education (ECE) Providers: Complete Survey on Coronavirus Impacts

Please complete this brief survey from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), to share any financial and/or health impacts from the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), up to and including the closure of your program. Click here to complete the survey.

This brief survey is for those who are part of an early childhood education program. If you are facing financial and/or health impacts from the spread of the coronavirus, up to and including the closure of your program. The more they know, the more they can tell Congress, the media, and your state policymakers about what's happening and what's needed to protect our nation's supply of child care programs and best serve children and families.

If you have any questions, please reach out to
Complete the Survey

Important Information from the Georgia Department of Early Care & Learning (DECAL)

With the leadership of Commissioner Amy Jacobs, DECAL team has set up a COVID-19 resource web page here

The top priority is always the health and safety of all children, their families, and the child care workforce. As DECAL continues to respond to COVID-19 Coronavirus in Georgia, they will post all communications on this important issue here. CAPS and Pre-K will continue to be funded. If you need more information, please e-mail

For the latest updates, please follow these sites: Governor’s OfficeGA Department of Public Health, and CDC.

And remember best practices:
  • Stay home if your are sick!
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Get a flu shot!
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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