Responding to the needs of essential workers who are desperate for safe places for their children during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the hundreds of licensed child care professionals struggling to keep their businesses open, a group of early childhood stakeholders has collaborated to create the Nebraska Child Care Referral Network.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the normal hustle and bustle of family life to a screeching halt, the juggling act of parents and caregivers continues. Parents are now trying to figure out how to deliver home schooling, put nutritious meals on the table and support their children’s emotional needs during an unprecedented time.
As people across the globe figure out how to adjust their lifestyles due to social distancing and sheltering in place, this shift can be even more challenging for those caring for children. A new project from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is designed to support caregivers in creating positive moments.
On March 17, Taylor Wickham, a 4-H extension assistant, led hundreds of youth in a kitchen science experiment focused on chemical reactions — the kind with vinegar and baking soda that is a staple at elementary school science fairs.