COVID-19

Pennsylvania's Child Care Programs and COVID-19 (updated 5/16/2020)

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.


TAKE ACTION: 

New FY 2020-2021 Budget Level Funds Child Care through November and Contains $116 million in Stimulus Funds for Child Care 

You did it! We did it! Send a Thank You to Governor Wolf and the General Assembly!

Start Strong PA and Pre-K for PA supporters sent over 20,000 emails urging our elected officials to Save Early Learning! They heard us!

Join us in thanking the Governor and General Assembly for authorizing stimulus funds to save early learning!


Resources and Recommendations

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

Handouts:
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

Handouts:
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.
YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/I_7vYH7kjfQ
Handouts:
Dealing with the Financial Side of the Coronavirus with Tom Copeland POWERPOINT SLIDES (pdf)
Child Care Conversations: Private Pay Families During COVID-19 (3/20/2020)
An open discussion with your colleagues on the challenges and solutions Pennsylvania’s child care programs have identified to meet the needs of private pay families, keep staff employed and programs viable during the COVID-19 Crisis.
YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/lPvJ2w1P29Q

 
 

Resources from our partner FocusHRO

COVID-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

 

 HEALTH & SAFETY    

 FINANCIAL

 MANAGEMENT

CDC Decision Tree for Cleaning and Disinfecting: Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes


Sources for Cleaning Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment
 (PA DCED)
The Department of Community and Economic Development has created a website to connect Pennsylvania business with those businesses able to meet supply requests. If you do not have an identified source of cleaning supplies or PPE these vendors may be able to help.

Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduce Operation (CDC)

Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting: Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes (CDC)

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility (CDC, 4/1/2020)

Guidance for Child Care Providers Caring for Children of Essential Personnel During COVID-19 (OCDEL)

For Child Care Programs That Remain OpenSupplemental Guidance (CDC)

Coronavirus: What Child Care Providers Need to Know (Child Care Aware)

Is it Coronavirus, Flu, Cold or Allergies? (CDC)




 
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY LOANS: Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits ( U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE)

Pennsylvania Community & Economic Development: COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, Communities, and Local Governments (DCED)

UC Benefits & COVID-19 FAQs (PA Department of Labor & Industry, Office of Unemployment Compensation)

COVID-19 Guide: Scenarios & Benefits Available 
(UC.PA.GOV)







Philadelphia Emergency Fund for Stabilization of Early Education (PEFSEE) FAQ (William Penn Foundation, Vanguard, Reinvestment Fund)

F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Plan (The New York Times)
OCDEL Webinar: Child Care During COVID-19 and Reopening Child Care, May 6, 2020

OCDEL Reopen Guidance for Child Care Providers during COVID-19

CDC Decision Tree for Child Care Providers


CDC Decision Tree for Youth Programs and Camps


Child Care Centers with Waivers to Open for Essential Personnel Searchable Database (PA DHS)

Can Providers Require Parents to Pay During This Crisis? (Tom Copeland)

Clarification of Closure Notices and Child Care: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 (OCDEL, The Bureau of Certification)

Pennsylvania Government Services Directory

 
OPEN or CLOSED: Child Care and COVID-19
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. 
 
Do you typically serve families who might be considered essential personnel and want to apply for a waiver?
Child care programs seeking a waiver from the commonwealth’s temporary closure order, except those operating in Philadelphia, should complete the Exemption of Directive to Temporary Close form available here. Completed waiver forms should be emailed to OCDEL at RA-PWDRACERT@PA.GOV. Child care certification staff will respond to requests as quickly as possible. Email subject line should read, “Waiver Request – (Insert County Name).”

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.