RCRC COVID-19 Webinars

The unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 will both directly and indirectly affect this generation’s children. The economic consequences in the short and long-term will set back countless families who already may be struggling to make ends meet. These health and economic stressors also affect the systems which help raise, educate, and nurture our children. The RCRC Initiative aims to provide actionable information through a series of webinars directed to child-serving institutions, policymakers, and other child advocates to help inform response and recovery activities.

Puerto Rico Webinar Series

NCDP in collaboration with the Institute for Youth Development (IDJ) and the Puerto Rico Children and Youth Task Force (CYTF), will host a series of discussions focused on the impacts of COVID-19 as a public health emergency and how the children of Puerto Rico may be affected by the compounding effects of poverty and prior disaster exposure.

Please note: These events will be simultaneously translated in English and Spanish but are subject to technological limitations.

Resource Guides (updated 5/22/2020): English | Spanish

  • Session #1: Children & pandemics: in the context of Puerto Rico / Niños & pandemias: Entendiendo el contexto de Puerto Rico
    • Date & Time: Wednesday April 8th, 2020 / Miércoles 8 de abril, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
    • Speakers: Jeff Schlegelmilch, Deputy Director, NCDP & Amanda Rivera, Director, IDJ
    • Moderator: Antonia Samur
    • Powerpoint Slides:
  • Session #2: Policy implications of COVID-19 on Puerto Rico’s Children, Youth, and their Families / Las implicaciones de política pública del COVID-19 para los niños y jóvenes de Puerto Rico y sus familias
    • Date & Time: Wednesday April 15th, 2020 / Miércoles 15 de abril, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
    • Speakers: Amanda Rivera, IDJ, Bruce Lesley, First Focus
    • Moderator: Antonia Samur
    • Powerpoint Slides
  • Session #3: Organizational response to COVID-19: Strategic risk communication and community partnerships / Respuesta organizacional al COVID-19: Comunicación estratégica de riesgos y alianzas comunitarias
    • Date & Time: Wednesday April 22nd, 2020 / Miércoles 22 de abril, 2020, 1:00 PM -2:30 PM ET
    • Moderator: Antonia Samur
    • Speakers: Yesenia Delgado, IDJ, Jenniffer Santos-Hernández, University of Puerto Rico
    • Powerpoint Slides
  • Session #4: Supporting educational continuity (K-12) in a limited resource context / Apoyando la continuidad de la educación (k-12) en un contexto de recursos limitados
    • Date & Time: Wednesday April 29th, 2020 / Miércoles 29 de abril, 2020, 1:00 PM -2:30 PM ET
    • Moderator: Antonia Samur
    • Speakers: Carlos Rodriguez & Katherine Miranda, Flamboyan Foundation, Enid Reyes, Puerto Rico Education Foundation, Elba Aponte, Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico
    • Powerpoint Slides
  • Session #5: Strategies and considerations in addressing domestic violence and child abuse during a pandemic / Estrategias y consideraciones para abordar la violencia doméstica y el abuso infantil durante una pandemia
    • Date & Time: Wednesday May 6th, 2020 / Miércoles 6 de mayo, 2020, 1:00 PM -2:30 PM ET
    • Moderator: Yesenia Delgado
    • Speakers: Alina Potts, Global Women’s Institute, Gilda F. Rodríguez Díaz, Carlos Albizu University – San Juan Campus, Jodie Roure, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
    • Due to uninvited guests we had to lock the webinar early in the session. We apologize to those who registered but were unable to join as a result.
    • Presentations:
  • Session #6: Mental health and COVID-19: Responding to and planning for the needs children, youth, and families / Salud mental y COVID-19: Respuesta y planificación para las necesidades de los niños, jóvenes y familias
  • Session #7: Housing stability and COVID-19: Ensuring healthy housing and living environments / Estabilidad en vivienda y COVID-19: Asegurando viviendas y condiciones de vida saludables
    • Date & Time: Wednesday May 20th, 2020 / Miércoles 20 de mayo, 2020, 1:00 PM -2:30 PM ET
    • Moderator: Antonia Samur
    • Speakers: Laurie Schoeman, Enterprise Community, Ariadna Godreau-Aubert, Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, Yorelys Rivera, Iniciativa Comunitaria
    • Powerpoint Slides

Preguntas Frecuentes

¿Entregarán certificados de participación luego de los seminarios?
Sí. Estamos enviando certificados de asistencia a quienes se registraron y asistieron a una sesión en vivo. No entregaremos certificados por ver una grabación. Si se conectó por llamada telefónica solamente, y no por la aplicación Zoom, y desea recibir un certificado, comuníquenos el número de teléfono desde el cual llamó, y verificaremos su asistencia en nuestros registros. Si tiene preguntas adicionales, contacte a Antonia Samur.

¿Se compartirá la información de las presentaciones?
Todos los materiales, incluidos las grabaciones de cada sesión, las presentaciones y recursos compartidos serán subidos a esta página más arriba dentro de 48 horas luego de cada evento.

¿En qué idioma serán los seminarios web?
Algunas sesiones han sido una combinación de presentaciones en inglés y español, y otros solo en español. En cualquier caso, tenemos disponible un servicio de interpretación simultánea durante los seminarios, al que puede acceder desde el menú inferior de la pantalla Zoom una vez esté conectado a la sesión. Las grabaciones de las sesiones anteriores estarán disponibles con subtítulos en español e inglés.

¿Cómo puedo participar durante los seminarios?
Cualquier persona que se registra puede participar escuchando los seminarios, y preguntas haciendo a los panelistas por el espacio de Q&A (Preguntas y Respuestas) de Zoom. También está disponible el Chat para hacer preguntas o comentarios generales, y para que los asistentes se presenten.

¿Debo registrarme para cada sesión que quiera asistir?
Sí. Cada seminario se accede a través de un enlace que es enviado a su correo electrónico al momento de inscribirse a cada sesión.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will you provide certificates of participation after the seminars?
Yes. We are sending certificates of attendance to those who registered and attended a live webinar. Certificates will not be provided for viewing recordings. If you connected by phone only and not through the Zoom app and wish to receive a certificate, let us know which sessions you attended and the number phone number used and we will check our records to verify attendance. For additional questions please contact Antonia Samur.

Where will the information from the presentations be shared?
All materials, including the session recording, presentations and shared resources will be uploaded to this page within 48 hours of the session.

What language will the webinars be in?
Some sessions have been a combination of presentations in English and Spanish, and others only in Spanish. In any case, a simultaneous interpretation service is available during all the seminars, which can be accessed from the bottom menu of the Zoom screen. Recordings from previous sessions will all be available with subtitles in Spanish and English on this page.

How can I participate during the sessions?
Anyone who registers can participate by listening to the seminars and asking questions to panelists through Zoom’s Q&A space. The Zoom Chat is available for general questions and comments, and for individual introductions.

Do I have to register for each session I want to attend?
Yes. Each seminar is accessed through a link that is sent to your email when you register for each session.


Putnam County Community Resilience Coalition Webinar

On April 28th, NCDP and the Putnam County, NY Community Resilience Coalition co-hosted a webinar titled, “Children of Putnam County and COVID-19: Community Resilience Coalition Actions” where a panel presented on the community’s actions to help address the needs of children in the community.

Panelists & Moderators

  • Barbara Garbarino, Community Champion, Putnam County CRC
  • Jeff Schlegelmilch, Deputy Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
  • Shanna Siegel, Public Health Nurse, Putnam County Department of Health
  • Michael Piazza, Commissioner of Department of Social Services and Mental Health
  • Ann Ellsworth, Executive Director, Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center
  • Carol Sneyd, Regional Safety Technician, Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
  • Jessica Vanacoro, Associate Executive Director, Camp Herrlich
  • Jonathan Sury, Project Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Slides are available for the following presenters: Shanna and Michael, Jeff, and Jonathan. View webinar below and download the transcript here (note: transcript may contain errors due to audio issues during the presentation). English subtitles are available.

Download a compiled resource list for Putnam County based on presenter suggestions.


Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) in a Time of COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, many organizations have been thrust into response mode developing and implementing continuity of operations policies and procedures on-the-fly. Watch this webinar, recorded on 3/19/2020, to receive a formal introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) specifically for child-serving and community-based organizations. The principles presented in this training can be applied to the current environment as well as for your formal planning process.

The webinar and planning tools (available in English and Spanish) can be accessed from the RCRC Toolbox by clicking here. The webinar can also be viewed below with English and Spanish subtitles.