March 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for families, child care providers, and businesses

As the Coronavirus outbreak continues to impact our communities, we'll keep the list below updated with resources to help our members and the child care providers and families they work with.

If you have additional resources, please email Gemma DiMatteo at gdimatteo@rrnetwork.org.

The California Department of Education (CDE) Early Learning and Care Division

Management Bulletin 10-09: Reduced Days of Operation or Attendance Due to Emergency Condition - Instructions for all ELCD contractors in case of emergency closures or reduced days of operation

CDE Guidance for State of Emergency Situations March 2020

Alternative Payment (AP) Programs

Topic

Reimbursement

Provider closes

Ten days of non-operation allowed per fiscal year per provider 5 CCR Section 18076.2 (b)(2).

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) is working with the Governor’s Office to issue an Executive Order that will provide further guidance on this issue.

When a child is absent due to parental concern

Providers will be paid based on families certified need/attendance record or invoice.

COVID-19 can be considered a family emergency.

The SSPI is working with the Governor’s Office to issue an Executive Order that will provide further guidance on this issue.

Agency closes

If in consultation with the local public health department it is determined that the AP agency needs a full or partial closure, the agency will be reimbursed for administrative and operation costs. Follow guidance in Management Bulletin (MB) 10-09.

Contractors may revise their Minimum Days of Operation (MDO) anytime within the fiscal year.

Ensuring timely reimbursement to providers

The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, requires reimbursement to providers within 21 days of receipt of invoice. The Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division contracted agencies should have a plan for reimbursing providers in the event of an emergency.

Agencies Providing Direct Services (CCTR, CSPP, etc.)

Topic

Reimbursement

Agency and/or site closes

If in consultation with the local public health department it is determined that an agency and/or site providing direct services (i.e. General Child Care [CCTR], California State Preschool Program [CSPP], etc.) needs a full or partial closure, the agency/site will be reimbursed for administrative and operation costs. Follow guidance in MB 10-09.

Contractors may revise their Minimum Days of Operation (MDO) anytime within the fiscal year.

When a child is absent due to parental concern

Parents may use either of the excused absences categories as follows:

  • Best Interest Days, limited to ten per fiscal year, except children who are receiving child protective services.
  • Family emergency, as delineated by the agency’s excused absence policies. COVID-19 can be considered a family emergency. Please note that there are not limitations for family emergency absences.

Resource & Referral Programs

Topic

Reimbursement

Agency closes

Resource and Referral (R&R) agencies primary function is to provide child care resources and information to families. During a State of Emergency, it is critical for families to have access to these services. R&R agencies should have a plan for providing services in the event of an emergency.

If in consultation with the local public health department, it is determined that a R&R agency needs a full or partial closure, the agency/site will be reimbursed for administrative and operation costs. Follow guidance in MB 10-09.

The SSPI is working with the Governor’s Office to issue an Executive Order that will provide further guidance on this issue.

CA Department of Social Services (CDSS)

All County Welfare Directors Letter March 19 - COVID-19 guidance for attendance and reporting requirements for CalWORKs Stage One and Bridge Program

All County Welfare Directors Letter March 12 - Provides guidance on existing policy and flexibilities available to County Welfare Departments (CWDs), as well expectations for serving communities affected by the statewide outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19 or novel coronavirus).

TrustLine Information

TrustLine Update March 18, 2020 - Response to the Covid-19 Emergency Situation


California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety & Health

SAFETY & HEALTH GUIDANCECOVID-19 Infection Prevention in Childcare Programs

CDSS CCL Coronavirus Information and Guidelines

California Department of Public Health

Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) web page
2019 Novel Coronavirus Guidance for Child Care and Preschool Settings
CDPH Gathering Guidance 3.11.20


Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Information on how to continue receiving WIC benefits during COVID-19

San Francisco update on WIC services

Los Angeles flyer on local WIC services being offered in English and Spanish

California Child Care Initiative Project

Factsheet: Financial Assistance for Family Child Care Providers during Covid-19 in English and Spanish

California Labor and Workforce Development Agency

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers

California Employment Development Department

Information and resources for workers and employers affected by Coronavirus

Center for Disease Control

General information on the Coronavirus

Frequently asked questions: COVID-19 and Children

Guidance for workplace, school, home, and commercial establishments

Interim guidance for businesses and employers

Guidance for keeping households safe

CDC Coronavirus 2019 Community Mitigation Strategies

What To Do if You Are Sick

Stop the Spread of Germs

Symptoms of Coronavirus 2019

What to Do if You are Sick

Caring for children: tips to keep children healthy while school's out

CDC’s most recent recommendations for child care and K-12 (updated April 1, 2020):

Child Care Aware of America

Coronavirus updates and resources for child care providers and CCR&Rs

Coronavirus: How does it impact child care providers and CCR&Rs?

Coronavirus: What child care providers need to know

Coronavirus FAQs for child care providers and families

California Food Policy Advocates

California's Coronavirus Food Security Efforts for Young Children

COVID-19 Update: New Flexibilities Available to Improve Food Security

Child Care Law Center

Questions and Answers about the Impact of the Coronavirus on Family Child Care in California

Bipartisan Policy Center

Blog post detailing how Congress, through the CARES Act, is providing
several methods of relief and assistance for child care businesses, parents, and communities

Summary of the U.S. Small Business Administration assistance in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the
CARES Act) specifically for child care providers

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfection Frequency Table

National Low Income Housing Coalition

Responding to Coronavirs: Ensuring Housing Stability During a Crisis


U.S. Small Business Administration

Disaster Loan Assistance - Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters


Save the Children

Facts and figures on the Coronavirus outbreak

National Alliance of Home Visiting Models

Model guidance in response to COVID-19

EdSource

Coronavirus Q&A: What California parents and students should know

Resources for talking to children about Coronavirus:

ZEROTOTHREE's Tips for Families: Talking about the Coronavirus with young children

NYT Parenting's How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus by Jessica Grose recommends "Keeping your own anxiety in check is key."


Heard on Morning Edition: NPR's Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus by Malaka Gharib offers a comic to help kids understand.


This article written by Vivian Manning-Schaffel is pretty simple and to the point: How to Talk to your kids about the coronavirus (and ease their fears).


This New York Times article focuses on Talking to Teens and Tweens about Coronavirus by Donna De La Cruz.


Don’t forget that Sesame Street in Communities has many videos and activities to help teach children about being healthy and kind.


CDC Activities and Resources for teaching Handwashing and staying healthy, check out the NSF Scrub Club page, there is also a list of websites that offer activities for older kids and teens - Websites for Kids and Teens


The parenting Assistance Line has resources for parents (and other adults), here is one called Teaching Your Child About Germs.

The California Childcare Health Program, has been providing the child care community with information and resources since 1987, bookmark this site for valuable information on health and wellness in early care and learning programs.

Save the Children's 7 Simple Tips on How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus

Mental health resources

Psychology Today: 5 Ways to Rewire Your Brain to Deal With Coronavirus Stress

Care for your coronavirus anxiety by Shine

Other resources

KQED article: How to File for Unemployment in California During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Vox article on how the coronavirus will cause a child care crisis in America

A letter from a group of national organizations to
Congress
, asking them to include robust flexible emergency
funding for child care and early learning in the stimulus package.


A letter to the late Berry Brazelton
from the Brazelton Touchpoints Center about the coronavirus outbreak.


Stress and child care and school closures related to the coronavirus: some recommendations for policy and private action by Peggy Daly Pizzo, M.Ed., Ed.M., Director, Early Learning Project at Stanford Graduate School of Education

World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters


Shelter-in-place orders

Governor Newsom issued a statewide shelter-in-place order on March 20, 2020.

7 Bay Area counties ordered residents to shelter-in-place on March 16, 2020. Many counties and cities have followed. People should stay indoors and isolate themselves, except to attend to certain essential activities.

Some counties and cities have issued shelter-in-place directives. Directives are not legal orders, but strong recommendations.

Ventura County has issued a shelter-in-place order that applies only to older residents.