DCDEE has released important updated COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policy information. The key update to this policy is the announcement of the Emergency School-Age Family Support Program, which provides financial assistance for child care to parents/primary caregivers who have school-age a child/ren who is attending a licensed child care center or home or a registered community-based organization for remote learning as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This program will operate beginning October 1, 2020 and will continue for the months of October and November 2020.
Are you looking for ways to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, as well as, improving the health of your children and families? The North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) is excited to share the following information and resources to guide child care facilities as they promote outdoor play as a healthy strategy.
The Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) at North Carolina State University, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation's Early Childhood Health Outdoors, have developed resources to support child care providers and regulators to promote health and wellness during this challenging time.
Available in English and Spanish, Get Outside! Reduce Risk of Disease and Improve Health During COVID-19 and Beyond is designed to help foster best practices to bolster outdoor spaces as a healthy strategy during the pandemic and beyond. Through low-cost improvements and programming, it offers a variety of suggestions to immediately enhance child care outdoor spaces, by making them healthy, comfortable, and engaging.
As a part of North Carolina Session Law 2020-97, the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) was allocated $35,000,000 to provide operational grants to licensed child care providers. DCDEE is issuing these grants in a manner consistent with the formula used in distributing operational grants previously. Additionally, the formula used to calculate the operational grants is now available for licensed child care providers to access.
The North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) is pleased to announce the Emergency School-Age Family Support Program, which provides financial assistance for child care to parents/primary caregivers who have a school-age child who is attending a licensed child care facility (child care center or family child care home) or a registered community-based organization for remote learning as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This program will be effective beginning October 1, 2020, and will operate until November 30, 2020. All licensed or regulated facilities, regardless of star rating and regardless of current participation in the Subsidized Child Care Program, are eligible to participate in the Program, as are all unlicensed community-based organizations (CBOs) registered with the North Carolina Division of Child Development & Early Education.
The COVID-19 Parent Application for Financial Assistance for Emergency School-Age Family Support Program for October and November is available in English and Spanish.
We know that many parents and families are trying to find options for child care and remote learning facilities as school districts are reopening under either a Plan B (hybrid) or Plan C (full remote learning). Families can call the child care hotline (1-888-600-1685) to find local care options for infants through children age 12. The child care hotline is a partnership with NC’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network. Flyers are available in English and Spanish to provide more information about the child care hotline for parents and families who may need school-age care.