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CARES Act signed by President

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which the U.S Senate and the U.S. House passed and President signed into law today, is another step forward in providing economic relief to families, workers, and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. If you want to see the specifics, you can read and explore it online. Child Care and Development Block Grant The CARES Act includes $3.5 billion in emergency funding to support child care through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which tribes and states can use to begin to address critical child care needs. The bill allows tribes and states to use this funding to: Provide continued payments and assi

Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law

On Wednesday evening, the President signed into a law a second COVID-19 stimulus package, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The law includes an estimated $104 billion dollars in federal funding to provide the following supports for Americans during the COVID-19 crisis. You can read and explore it online. Emergency Paid Sick Leave The FFCRA provides two weeks (80 hours) of emergency paid sick leave for employees with sick time needs related to the COVID-19 emergency. The provision is an important first step, but it falls short in many ways: Employees who need to take time off to care for their children/dependents are only entitled to 2/3 of their normal wages, not to excee

Policies and procedures to manage COVID-19 risks

As the country and states individually are making determinations about what is required to address COVID-19, we wanted to make sure that you are equipped to manage the risks within your own communities. The CDC has issued a Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist. Additionally, stay abreast of the government’s response at the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html. Federal agencies have begun to provide for flexibilities and provide blanket waivers for meeting federal requirements. Guidance is on their respective websites – OCC, OHS, and FNS. During this time, you will likely need to consider policies for: Limiti

Addressing COVID-19

As the nation begins to take more action against COVID-19, we wanted to make sure you stay updated on the latest information as it affects our children, families, and communities. Please find below a lot of information about federal legislation being discussed to address the pandemic, webinars to talk about disaster preparedness, and resources to ensure you have information at your fingertips to address issues in your own communities. 1 | How is COVID-19 impacting you and your community? As we advocate for better, more comprehensive aid for child care and early learning program, we want to hear from you about how the spread of COVID-19 is affecting child care providers, educators, and famili

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act Passes

On March 6, 2020, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act became law. This bill provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. It provides FY2020 supplemental appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the State Department, and the Small Business Administration to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. You can read and explore it online. The Act funds programs that address issues such as developing, manufacturing, and procuring vaccines and other medical supplies; grants for state, local, and tribal public health agencies and organizations; loans for affected small businesses;