ODJFS confirmed in a webinar this afternoon that Family Child Care providers are eligible to apply for the new Pandemic Child Care Program License. As programs prepare for closure before the end of Wednesday this week as ordered by Governor DeWine, we encourage you to take one of the following two actions.
If you choose to close your program
You’ll need to access the TAP system, and through the drop down you will need to bill for Pandemic Days beginning Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week for the PFCC children in your care. As a reminder, programs have access to 21 of these Pandemic Days.
Here’s a guide to help you think through steps to close your program temporarily and that addresses families, staff and financial needs.
If you choose to apply for a Pandemic Child Care Program License
You can help ensure that those who work in the health, safety and essential service fields during this extraordinary time have the child care they need by applying to serve as a Pandemic Child Care Program. A link to a document that defines what these essential services are will be posted here.
- Family Child Care Providers will follow the same temporary licensing application process. This will allow the creation of new temporary child care programs and the transformation of already existing child care programs into Pandemic Child Care Programs.
- All child care providers can voluntarily apply to become licensed as pandemic child care programs. If you have already applied, there is no need to reapply.
- Pandemic Child Care Programs will be paid for all PFCC children in their care at the 5-star rate.
- All essential service staff children will be private pay
What 4C for Children Is Doing Now
We continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and will alert you to new information as it becomes available through email and our website. Remember to check our website frequently and follow us on social media, too, to find links to additional resources and information.