CLASP Responds to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has particularly acute implications for people with low incomes who have been most affected by the failures of the health system and the economy before the crisis. Read more about how CLASP is actively engaged in advocating for policies as our country addresses this public health crisis.


May 21: Record Unemployment Hurts Workers—and Their Children

Resources by Policy Issue:

Child Care and Early Childhood Education

(May 27) CLASP Applauds New Child Care Bill, Releases State-by-State Impact Figures

(May 7) Unemployment Compensation: A Guide for Child Care Stakeholders During the Coronavirus Pandemic

(May 5) State-by-State Estimates of $50 Billion Needed by Child Care Sector to Weather the Pandemic

(May 5) Why We Need $50 billion in Pandemic Child Care Relief: A State-by-State Estimate

(April 30) Using Coronavirus Relief Funds to Support Relative Caregivers

(April 27) Five Reasons Stabilizing Child Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic is Critically Important for Families and the Economy

(April 23) Child Care Is Key to Our Economic Recovery

(April 9) COVID-19 and State Child Care Assistance Programs

(April 8) Small Business Loans Aren’t the Answer for Child Care

(April 3) Forgivable Loans for Child Care Providers Through the CARES Act

(March 26) $3.5 Billion for Child Care in Coronavirus Package is Not Enough: How States Will Fare

(March 24) The Senate must make significant investments to address child care needs during the Coronavirus crisis

(March 23) Ensuring Young Children Have Healthy Meals During the Coronavirus Pandemic

(March 18) Policymaking Principles for Supporting Child Care and Early Education Through the Coronavirus Crisis

(March 12) Letter to the Office of Child Care on COVID-19

(March 11) COVID-19 Child Care Stimulus Request Letter to Congress


Criminal Justice

(April 3) COVID-19 Response Must Include Youth and Adults Impacted by the Criminal Justice System


Federal Spending Priorities

(May 21) Record Unemployment Hurts Workers—and Their Children

(May 15) The House Acts to Address the Growing Fallout from the Coronavirus Crisis—Senate Should Pass Immediately

(March 27) The Next Coronavirus Bill Must Address Immigrants, Youth, Other Overlooked Populations

(March 26) Coronavirus Bill Offers Relief to People with Low Incomes. Next Bill Must Do More, Include Immigrants.

(March 23) Federal Response to Coronavirus Public Health and Economic Crisis Must Prioritize People with Low Incomes 

(March 18) Much More to Do for People with Low Incomes, Despite Senate Passage of Families First Act 

(March 14) House Coronavirus Bill Is Important First Step, But Low-Income People Need More Support

(March 12) House Response to COVID-19 Is First Step to Address Needs of People with Low Incomes

(March 11) Coronavirus: A Public Health Crisis That Threatens the Economic Security of Low-Income People


Health Care

(April 27) Maryland's Medicaid telehealth law opens new opportunities for young people

(April 16) Mental and Behavioral Health System Fixes During the COVID-19 Crisis, and Beyond

(April 7) Health Insurance Strategies for States and Individuals During COVID-19

(March 23) 10 Years of the Affordable Care Act – An important tool in the COVID response

(March 19) Ensuring Food Aid During Coronavirus Crisis



(April 17) With “Mixed Status” Immigrant Families Left Out of COVID-19 Relief, Children’s Groups Outline Priorities for Congress

(April 17) Letter from Children and Youth Advocates Urging Congress to Include Immigrant Families in Future COVID-19 Relief Package

(April 10) States and Localities Step Up to Support Immigrant Families When Congress Fails


Income and Work Supports

(May 14) Subsidized Employment Must Be a Part of the Recovery

(May 11) The Rainy Day is Here: During COVID-19, States Should Increase Emergency Assistance

(April 16) During COVID-19, States Should Continue Waiving TANF Work Requirements and Time Limits

(April 16) During COVID-19, Child Support Should Go to Children, Not States

(April 9) 10 Things to Know About the Economic Impact Rebate Payments

(April 7) Health Insurance Strategies for States and Individuals During the COVID-19 Crisis

(April 2) WEBINAR: Implications of COVID-19 Response Provisions and Public Benefits

(March 19) CLASP’s State Recommendations for SNAP COVID-19 Response

(March 19) Ensuring Food Aid During Coronavirus Crisis


Job Quality and Work Life

(May 19) Disastrous Jobs Report Underscores Need for Protection and Relief

(May 12) U.S. DOL Regulation and Guidance on FFCRA's Paid Sick Days and Paid Provisions

(May 11) Amended and New State and Local Laws and Guidance on Paid Sick Days in Response to COVID-19

(May 6) Paid Sick Days and Paid Leave Provisions in FFCRA and CARES Act

(May 4) Like the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Climate Crisis Will Hurt Marginalized Communities the Most

(April 29) FFCRA Paid Leave Provisions Fact Sheet Template

(March 11) Testimony on Importance of Healthy Families Act in Light of COVID-19

(March 6) Lawmakers Recognize Urgent Need for Paid Sick Days in Wake of Coronavirus Outbreak


Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development

(May 19) Disastrous Jobs Report Underscores Need for Protection and Relief

(May 1) Ten Things the Next Coronavirus Stimulus Can Do for College Students

(May 1) Undocumented College Students Need COVID-19 Relief Now

(April 17) How the CARES Act Supports Higher Education

(April 8) CLASP COVID-19 Workforce Response Recommendations

(April 8) COVID-19 Postsecondary Education Requests for Fourth Economic Stimulus Package

(March 20) Protecting Student Loan Borrowers and Their Families


Racial Equity

(April 24) “When America Catches the Flu, Black People Die”



(April 27) Maryland's Medicaid telehealth law opens new opportunities for young people

(April 15) CLASP COVID-19 Department of Labor Youth Recommendations

(April 14) Presumptive Eligibility: Critical Tool for Protecting Young People during the Pandemic

(March 27) Next Coronavirus package must do more for youth and young adults


In the News

 Olivia Golden on Coronavirus Pandemic and Low-Wage Workers  Democrats earmark $7 billion for child care in newest relief package—but it won’t be enough to stabilize the system for long
 Child care might be harder to find after COVID-19. Will that hurt economic recovery?  The Safety Net Got a Quick Patch. What Happens After the Coronavirus?
 Workforce inequalities must be addressed before another economic or health crisis  'If We Don't Work, We Don't Get Paid.' How the Coronavirus Is Exposing Inequality Among America's Workers

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