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What is the Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse?

The U.S. Department of Education, launched the Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse (the Clearinghouse) in accordance with Executive Order 14000 Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers. The Clearinghouse is designed to support young children, students, families, early childhood providers, teachers, faculty, and staff as early childhood education programs, schools, and campuses continue to reopen following closures due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The Clearinghouse will be a place to share and highlight best practices and lessons learned for operating safely during and after the pandemic submitted by early childhood providers, teachers, faculty, staff, early childhood programs, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, other places providing educational instruction and States.

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The Clearinghouse includes resources that target the needs of young children, students, families, early childhood providers, teachers, faculty, and staff in

  1. Early childhood education programs
  2. PreK-12 schools
  3. Colleges and universities

It addresses three major topics related to operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Safe and Healthy Environments: Early childhood program, school and campus approaches to implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) recommended mitigation strategies and preparing for and sustaining in-person operations safely. This topic includes recommendations across all grade and age levels, with a focus both on reopening buildings for the first time and on keeping them open safely.
  • Providing Supports to Young Children, Students, and Families: Early childhood program, school and campus strategies to meet young children’s and their caregivers’ and students’ social, emotional, mental health, developmental, academic, financial and other needs, including access to food and other basic needs. This topic includes a specific focus on the most vulnerable learners and on ensuring that resources provided by early childhood programs, schools, and campuses address gaps in equity that existed prior to, but have been made worse by the pandemic, and reach students in historically underserved communities.
  • Early Childhood Provider, Teacher, Faculty and Staff Well-Being, Professional Development and Supports: Early childhood programs, school and campus strategies to address the social, emotional, health and other needs of early childhood providers, teachers, faculty and staff.

What does the Clearinghouse offer?

The Clearinghouse offers resources that target the needs of all children and students and their families, including children and students with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students from low-income backgrounds, and other underserved children and students, as well as early childhood providers, teachers, faculty, and staff.

  • Best Practice Resources in various multimedia formats to support key stakeholders representing every instructional level, including early childhood education programs, PreK-12 schools, and colleges and universities on topics including safe and healthy environments; supports to young children, students, and their families; early childhood providers, teacher, faculty, and staff well-being, professional development and supports; and equitable support for whole campus and school communities, and various early childhood settings and programs.
  • Federal, State, and Local Resources developed on operational strategies to support early childhood education programs, schools, and campuses with continuing to reopen following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, users will find resources to identify and support the needs of all young children and students and particularly historically disadvantaged young children and students in accessing high-quality services and education.
  • Technical Assistance (TA) to respond to inquiries, requests for assistance, or submissions of lessons learned and best practices. Clearinghouse TA staff members are available by e-mail at Bestpracticesclearinghouse@ed.gov and via toll-free telephone at 1-833-644-BPCH (2724).
  • Access to Webinars and Events on a diverse set of topics with presentations from experts in the field.