Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping the world, our country and our communities affecting every aspect of our daily lives. Kids and families in the U.S. and around the world are struggling with this new reality.

In the U.S., many child care centers face a real fear that they may not be able to open again when the virus subsides. Without child care, parents won’t be able to go back to work.

Throughout the world, millions of kids in refugee camps are vulnerable to COVID-19. Social distancing is literally impossible in these crowded areas and health care resources are stretched very thin. Closer to home, many children seeking asylum in the United States are being held in overcrowded detention centers where coronavirus is already spreading and infecting children.

We must be a voice for children at home and around the world during this difficult time. Learn how you can make a difference for kids today. 

Support Child Care 

In their Words: the Effect of COVID-19

All across the country, SCAN is working to ensure that children, families and caregivers are a priority.

SCAN spoke with more than 20 volunteers about their experiences with COVID-19. Here are some of their stories. 


More Videos: 

COVID-19’s Effect on Parents

COVID-19’s Effect on Child Care

COVID-19’s Effect on Kids


Take Action

Send a Message to Congress

Tell Congress to Save Child Care

Big win for children and families – the House of Representatives passed the Child Care is Essential Act! Now we need Congress to take the next step and include that funding for child care in the coronavirus recovery package. Take action!

Engage the Media and Your Networks

Below is a sample letter. Feel free to adapt and use.

Letter to the Editor – Word Document
Letter to the Editor – PDF


View SCAN’s Press Releases

Save the Children Action Network Press Release on Covid-19 Pandemic
(March 27, 2020)

Survey: Voters Support Financial Assistance for America’s Child Care Industry
(April 22, 2020)


SCAN and its coalition partners have been writing letters to Congress, urging them to include the needs of children, families and child care teachers and workers in their stimulus bills. Read the letters below.  

Child Care Community Statement (March 27, 2020) 

Recommendations for the CARES Act (April 9, 2020)

Strengthen SNAP in the Next Federal
COVID-19 Relief Package
(April 9, 2020)

USDA Child Nutrition Waiver
Extensions Letter
(June 2, 2020)

Protect Vulnerable Children

The Effect of COVID-19 on Children

Take Action


Protect Vulnerable Children

Help Children Seeking Asylum

Engage the Candidates

Raise Your Voice 

The 2020 Election is still in full swing!

We need to make sure that the candidates are putting kids first. 

Raise Your Voice for Kids: Candidate Question Guide


Preparing Your Question for a Tele-Townhall or Virtual Event


Engaging Candidates and Lawmakers in Tele-Town Halls and Virtual Events

Take Action

Send a Message to the Candidates