Pennsylvania's Child Care Programs and COVID-19 (updated 1/25/2021)
PACCA recognizes the challenges and difficult decisions child care providers are encountering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not a spring snowstorm that will melt at the end of the week or even a budget impasse that delays subsidized child care payments that will ultimately be paid.
PACCA has heard from many of you by phone, email, text, and Facebook. Unfortunately, it has taken something as catastrophic as a pandemic to demonstrate just how vital child care is in our society and economy. We hope the resources on this page will help you navigate our current. situation. Please check PACCA's Facebook page for the most current and newsworthy updates.
Resources and Recommendations
FOR FAMILIES: Facts About COVID-19 and High-Quality Child Care (9/3/2020)
This session will feature Susan Coffin, MD, MPH, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's leading expert on COVID and a great resource in creating CHOP's FAQ for centers and for families; and child care providers from both center-based and home-based settings.
Every week we learn something new about COVID-19 and children. Child care is highly regulated in PA and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has responded with updated regulations and guidelines to keep children and providers safe. However, some of these are suggestions, not requirements; some clash with best practices for child development, and some are difficult to implement with very young children. Learn about pros and cons of different child care settings, what to expect from child care providers, and which questions to ask. https://youtu.be/8soQzpUOplQ
Questions to Ask Your Child Care Provider: A Checklist for Parents, Guardians & Families
FAQ: Returning My Child to Child Care
What About the School-Agers? A Zoom Conversation (7/17/2020)
School Districts are presenting their reopening plans and it is creating lots of questions about what happens to school-agers as a result. What are some of the questions that we need answered as families turn to child care programs for support? In this conversation, PACCA members share their questions so we can begin to identify strategies and solutions to the needs of children, their families, and child care programs. https://youtu.be/aFz1cxgvT34
FocusHRO: Carrier Coverages, Unemployment Rules, & Employer Documentation
HR Specialist Linda Hostetter and FocusHRO Founder & CEO Sam Boore will talk about concerns that are on your mind right now. Topics addressed will include Unemployment Compensation and the Federal CARES Act, employee benefits in a time of furloughs and layoffs, and documentation requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). FocusHRO is a PACCA Shared Services Partner. YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/c1S7K0ZDYdY
FocusHRO: Carrier Coverages, Unemployment Rules, & Employer Documentation PPT Notes (pdf)
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) English (pdf)
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) Spanish (pdf)
UC-1921W Refusal of Suitable Work (pdf)
Request for FFCRA Family Medical Leave (doc)
The Costs of Containment: Returning to the New Normal (5/1/2020)
As we begin thinking about the gradual reopening of the economy, child care providers are going to be faced with the “new normal”. Even the most optimistic individuals suggest we will be dealing with repercussions from the pandemic even after Pennsylvania goes back to work. What do child care providers need to think about now to reopen? What lessons can we learn from our colleagues who continued to serve essential personnel at the height of the pandemic? What has been the most challenging, what lessons have they learned, how has this impacted their budgets, how do they think this has changed child care going forward? YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/PV2e-afiquQ
The Costs of Containment: Returning to the New Normal Webinar PowerPoint (pdf)
Sample Parent Surveys (Word)
CDC Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open (4/21/2020) (pdf)
Dealing with the Financial Side of the Coronavirus with Tom Copeland (3/31/2020)
This webinar focused on family and group child care homes and small centers answered questions on how to cope with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tom Copeland is a licensed attorney who has presented hundreds of business workshops for child care providers across the county for almost 40 years. A recognized leader in the field, he was director of Redleaf National Institute for 15 years and has written nine books on the business of family child care.
Dealing with the Financial Side of the Coronavirus with Tom Copeland POWERPOINT SLIDES (pdf)
Resources from our partner FocusHROCOVID-19 Resources for Your Child Care Program: FocusHRO has compiled a list of resources and articles to help you navigate the instability created by COVID-19.
Selected Other Resources
Governor Tom Wolf’s closure of non-essential, non-life-sustaining businesses in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 established who is essential personnel. This list includes health care providers, emergency response personnel, grocery store employees, and home care workers, among others. Although child care centers and non-residential Group Child Care Homes were directed to close under the Governor’s order, child care will be essential to personnel with young children to perform their duties.
Providers who have already submitted applications should not resubmit or send additional requests to the RA-PWDRACERT@PA.GOV account.
Questions? Call OCDEL at 1-877-4-PA-KIDS or contact your Child Care Certification Representative.
Group Child Care and Family Child Care operating in a residence have been permitted to operate without a waiver. The decision to remain open or not is at the discretion of the individual operator. This flexibility is due to the smaller number of children they serve, their knowledge of enrolled families, and the ability to assess families’ health as they are dropping off and picking up children.