With over 2,000 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.
Latest Updates: April 3, 2020
The Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) announced TODAY a critical update to the COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policy. DCDEE will make Subsidized Child Care Program payments to ALL subsidized child care providers for March, April, and May service months, regardless of whether the facility is open or closed. The payment amount for March, April, and May will be consistent with the March payments for February services for all providers as recorded in NC FAST.
Visit the COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policy for detailed information about policy changes that apply to licensed or regulated child care facilities for the months of April and May 2020 related to:
Also this week, new guidance for child care providers went into effect (starting 4/1/2020), effectively changing the landscape for the industry for the next two months or more. DCDEE held a series of webinars for providers, and our NCLCCA lobbyist participated in those webinars and put together a summary of the presentation which can be found HERE.
Critical information regarding the updated guidance (revised 3.26.20) is available HERE, but remember:
Other NC Updates: 4.3.2020
On March 27 Gov. Cooper issued Executive Order #121 mandating all NC citizens stay at home unless they work in a career deemed essential, which child care was included. The executive order will last for 30 days unless amended or extended, and it can be viewed HERE. The NC General Assembly has convened to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, with 75 House Members appointed to the House Select Committee on COVID-19. NCLCCA has been (and will continue) tracking the committee meetings as we compile our legislative agenda to present to the legislature in an effort to provide relief to our members and industry.
Information continues to trickle out regarding the $2.2 TRILLION Stimulus legislation passed by Congress and how it will support the child care industry. Our government affairs team assembled an overview of stimulus relief measures (CURRENT as of 4.3.2020) compiled from multiple, credible, publicly available resources after extensive research in our effort to provide you with the most easily digestible, accessible information in a timely manner. This information should not be considered legal or business advice. Additionally, summaries are not intended to be comprehensive and do not include a review of every item contained in the legislation referenced.
The landscape for Federal and State relief is changing daily; while Congress passed the $2.2 Trillion measure, it still has to be deciphered by the federal and state agencies who will oversee and administer the relief to businesses, organizations and individuals - and this can take weeks. NCLCCA will continue to do our best to monitor any relief available to our industry.
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.