As the child care community is transitioning to a new period during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working to connect child care providers in our community with new information and resources as they become available through this weekly communication. Following is our communication from April 3, 2020.
Small Business Resources
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners like yourself with whatever needs you have right now. Here’s a document that will help you better understand the CARES Act and compare the resources that may be available to you.
Here are addition resources you may find helpful.
- The Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund. Applications are being accepted for grants of $10,000 to help small businesses during the COVID-19 health emergency. Apply here. Applications are due Saturday, April 4.
- Small Business Administration Loans. Child care centers (for profit and non-profit) may apply for forgivable COVID-19 emergency loans of up to $10K through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The application is available here. Funds are limited. For more information, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- Small Business Paycheck Protection Program. This program may also help provide you with funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs including benefits. For additional small business supports related to the current health emergency, click here.
Changes to CCAP Payments
During the temporary closure of Kentucky’s child care programs, the state is paying for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) based on enrollment and not on attendance. This means that programs that have children receiving CCAP enrolled will receive CCAP for those children regardless if the program is open or closed. This provision is currently in place for registered, certified, and licensed child care programs. Learn more by watching this video.
State Conference Canceled
Due to the current state of emergency and COVID-19, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood & Education and Workforce Development Cabinet leadership have canceled this year’s Early Childhood Institute Conference scheduled for June 3-5 at the Galt House in Louisville.
NKY Child Care Center Chats Each Week
Each week a virtual chat webinar for Northern Kentucky child care providers is held from 1-2 p.m. Hosted by United Way of Greater Cincinnati Success by 6 and 4C for Children, this is an opportunity for you to ask questions and get answers in real time. Here’s last week’s recorded conversation. You can find a link to the coming week’s webinar on the MyPre-K Facebook page.
Good News: Unemployment Expanded for ECE Providers
Child care providers who work at non-profit, faith-based or family child care programs and are currently unemployed due to the closure mandated by the state can are now eligible to file for unemployment. Governor Beshear announced this change in the state’s unemployment regulations last week. Those who are eligible can call 502-875-0442 or visiting the Kentucky Career’s Center unemployment benefits page.
Need Help Navigating?
To reach the Department of Child Care (DCC) please use the following email addresses:
- Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP): CCAPProviderPayments@ky.gov
- National Background Check Program: CHFSDCCNBCP@ky.gov
- Professional Development (Training): DCCPDStaff@ky.gov
- KY All-STARS: KYallstars@ky.gov
For Limited Duration Center inquires, contact the Divison of Regulated Child Care at 502-564-7962 or visit https://chfs.ky.gov/Pages/cyres.aspx.
If you need additional support, please contact 4C for Children staff and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.