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COVID-19 Child Care Guidance

COVID-19 Child Care Guidance

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CASY will continue to work to keep this information updated with new guidance released from the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning. To ensure you are reading the most update to date guidance released, we urge you to visit their website directly at: https://www.in.gov/fssa/carefinder/5761.htm

COVID-19 (coronavirus) guidance for OECOSL stakeholders

Instructions/tutorial for Temporary Assistance Grant application (April 27, 2020)-Please read these instructions before applying for the Temporary Assistance Grant! Temporary Assistance Grant for the weeks of April 20, 2020 – May 2, 2020.

  • Reminders:
    • All applicants can check status of applications by logging back into submittable and following the instructions/tutorial posted!
    • Please check your junk/spam emails for communications and approvals from submittable
    • Temporary assistance grant applications cover a two week time period. Applications will be posted one grant period at a time, new grants will post once the prior grant closes. The grant period that is currently posted and subsequent grant periods will close on the dates listed on the chart below:
Grant period Grant closes at 6 p.m. EDT Payment
April 20, 2020-May 2, 2020 May 6, 2020 May 13, 2020
May 4, 2020- May 16th, 2020 May 20, 2020 May 27, 2020

Please Note: When applying for this grant you will only claim the self/private/cash paying children that are absent or did not attend due to closure from your program. All CCDF voucher children will be paid by using personal days through the late attendance process.

  • General supplies (April 30, 2020)- OECOSL will provide updates to general suppliers who have indicated they are able to provide various supplies.
  • PPE supplies (April 30, 2020)- OECOSL has collected a list of supplier who have been able to provide specific supplies, such as sanitizers, thermometers and cleaning supplies. OECOSL will update this list as it continues to expand.
  • Indy Chamber Rapid Response Hub (April 30, 2020)- The Indy Chamber has created the Rapid Response Hub in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Rapid Response Hub houses a plethora of resources, information and supports for small business and is applicable to small businesses across the state.
  • Other local resources for providers (April 30, 2020)
  • CPR certification and renewal (April 30, 2020)


CDC Guidance for Childcare Programs that Remain Open

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the federal Offices of Child Care and Head Start, has released new guidance for Child Care settings during COVID-19. Check the link for specific guidance for child care on issues such as: This guidance can be found on the CDC website or at this link. This information is intended for child care programs that remain open, and should be used in conjunction with CDC’s guidance for administrators of child care programs and K-12 schools. This guidance does not supersede federal, state and local laws and policies for child care programs. (April 14, 2020)

  • Social distancing;
  • Child pick up and drop off procedures;
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of toys and bedding;
  • Safely caring for infants and toddlers; and
  • Food preparation and meal service

Providing Care for Essential Staff:

Child Care Programs:

Respond to the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring that essential staff have the child care they need to work.

Want to be a part of this critical effort?

If you have vacancies, even temporary due to parents working from home, and you are willing to assist parents who are essential to our communities, please complete the emergency care form located below. Many parents are seeking care for their children so they can continue to keep our communities operational. We are working to assist these families when needed.

Community Organizations:

Hoosier organizations are helping to establish pop-up child care to serve staff who are essential to the COVID-19 response.

Do you want to be a part of the effort? Get connected today: 

Back on Track Indiana

Click the link below for questions about the Back on Track Roadmap

Back on Track Indiana
Looking for PPE Supplies? Click the link below for more information about the Indiana PPE Marketplace
PPE Marketplace

Indiana Grant and Loan Opportunities:

Youth Worker COVID-19 Relief Fund

Indiana Youth Institute understands the value of supporting Hoosier communities and recognizes that the work being done by our stateyouth workers is to key to improving the lives and well-being of all Indiana children.  

With COVID-19 uprooting routines, many youth workers, afterschool care providers and educators are facing significant disruptions – including layoffs or reductions in hours 

In our continued effort to support Hoosier youth workers, we are pausing our Professional Education Grant program and launching a Youth Worker COVID-19 Relief Fund for individual youth serving professionals.  

Click here for more information.

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

Small businesses across the country are confronting extreme economic challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Financial support at this critical time can make the difference between staying in business or closing permanently, leading to lost income, jobs and economic stability.

Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, LISC is offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available.

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, April 28 at 11:59PM EST.

Click here to learn more about this grant opportunity and to see if you qualify.

Resources from Child Care Aware

Child care providers across the nations are closing as measures are set in place to reduce the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). If your child care business has closed or seen a drop in children attending and you’re experience financial distress, these resources can help.

Emergency Funding Resources that Child Care Providers Can Use Now

Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA) has also prepared several resources including a video covering the following topics:

  • Background and prevalence of the virus
  • Protection in childcare
  • Hygiene practices including cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting*
  • Exclusion policies
  • Social distancing
  • When to seek medical attention
  • Self-care

View those resources here. *Please note: It is the recommendation of Child Care Aware that “Family style dining should be suspended indefinitely to prevent multiple hands touching utensils and to decrease the risk of contamination.”

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