With nearly 12,000 coronavirus cases in North Carolina, we know our members and the families they serve are concerned about the quickly changing situation right now. We have included links to information and resources below, including CDC Guidance for schools/child care centers with identified cases in their communities and guidance specifically developed for businesses.
Please let us know other ways NCLCCA may be able to assist our provider members as you prepare for what NC officials say will be more cases of the disease in our state.
Legislative Update: May 4, 2020
The NC General Assembly finished its first round of COVID-19 relief on Saturday, May 2, when it passed legislation spending $1.57 billion in Federal funding and making numerous policy allowances and changes to help address the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
This attachment highlights child care spending and provisions in the two bills (House Bill 1043 and Senate Bill 704), as well as the Small Business Emergency Loan Program. The following priorities for NCLCCA were included in the legislation that passed:
Legislators did not allocate all of the federal funding their first go-round, spending $1.57 billion now and leaving nearly $2 billion for a second round of relief later this month. The $118 million in CCDBG funding in the hands of the Executive Branch Agency/DHHS-DCDEE is separate from this funding. Legislators will spend the next few weeks figuring out how best to allocate the remainder and are anticipated to return to Raleigh in May. They will return a third time in July for a budget-development session where they will consider how best to appropriate State revenue to address COVID-19 impacts.
We are still awaiting final word from DCDEE about the “Awards” for child care centers and the “formula” to determine them. It is likely they were waiting on the General Assembly to pass their COVID-19 bills to determine if there would be additional federal funding for child care that legislators might appropriate.
CARES ACT Funding Update: April 28, 2020
NCLCCA Pressing Legislators, DCDEE for Quick Financial Relief for Child Care Centers
As part of the federal CARES Act, North Carolina received $118 Million in block grant funding designated for child care. In late April, NCLCCA sent a letter to House and Senate leadership outlining a plan to assist both open and closed centers with fixed costs. It also included recommendations (see page 2 of link) to provide additional assistance to open centers and their employees who are providing emergency care under new higher-cost standards, along with a number of non-monetary policy requests to assist our industry. We also sent the same funding request and recommendations to DCDEE.
NCLCCA'a priority is getting funding out to licensed child care centers QUICKLY. We are pressing the use of an equitable funding formula, based on licensed capacity, to send direct payments to centers rather than a lengthy grant/application process. Based on conversations with top DCDEE officials, we believe the Division recognizes how urgent the situation is for child care centers and agrees that a formula-based direct funding approach is better than a grant program. Other top NCLCCA priorities include additional funding for open centers for employee bonuses and payroll taxes on those bonuses, increased operational costs for opens centers resulting from new state standards, continuation of Subsidy reimbursements and more. DCDEE acknowledged the $118 Million will not meet all needs, but is a start.
NCLCCA will continue to work with DCDEE and the Dept. of Health & Human Services on their plans to distribute the $118 million in federal CARES Act funding, as well as additional federal and state funding requests.
Bonus Pay Update: April 14, 2020
DCDEE sent THIS LETTER to teachers on the Monday, April 13, explaining that centers would get the funding from the State for April bonuses on May 15th and for May bonuses on June 12. The letter let teachers know that they may not see their bonus for April until their May paycheck(s) and for May until their June paychecks.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention
Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools: Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019.
CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Includes planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.
NCDHHS Recommendations on COVID-19
Coronavirus information for child care facilities, schools and colleges/universities.
NC Chamber of Commerce Resource Guide
The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.
Harvard Medical School:
Given all the discussion about coronavirus, children might have heard about it and have questions for you. Included are some tips on how to respond to their questions.