Along with most people all around the world, many of our members and friends are facing immense challenges during the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic. Some are working remotely for what might be the first time ever. Some are on furlough. Some have found themselves suddenly without employment. Some are trying to balance working at home and homeschooling their children, whose schools are closed. If they’re like us, many are worried about parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors. And we know that many are worried about the still unknown impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on their jobs, their organizations, their staff, and their educational missions.
We also recognize that many of our more vulnerable populations stand to be the most impacted due to lost wages or jobs, the absence of childcare, and a number of other factors. Wherever you are, and however you are feeling, we are here for you. We are all in this together, and our network is strong.
KAEE is committed to collaboration and network-building as part of the current and long-term solutions to this crisis. We are working with our state partners, our counterparts in other states, the North American Association for Environmental Education, and other national partners to compile and provide resources and bring our communities together. No one should feel like they have to navigate this alone.
We believe that although we don't know what the outcome of this situation will be, it helps to stay positive. Get outside. Watch some pandas. Or puppies. Or the Northern Lights. And if you need support, please don't hesitate to ask. We and Kentucky’s amazing EE network are here to help.