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COVID-19 Child Care Guidance

COVID-19 Child Care Guidance

  /  COVID-19 Child Care Guidance

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

Child Care Closure Assistance Grant provides assistance to a program if a program has closed due to a confirmed COVID-19 case which requires closure of a classroom or facility.

      • Grants will be awarded to programs for the purpose of continuing to regularly pay child care staff and maintain operations for the time period of the required COVID-19 closure.
      • This grant should cover the cost of lost revenue during closure from children who are funded through private pay/cash pay. • Providers must have been temporarily closed during the time period of this grant because of a confirmed COVID-19 case of a person affiliated with the facility.
      • Providers must be eligible to receive CCDF
      • For purposes of this grant, total grant awards will be capped at $20,000

Note: The grant will be evaluated every two weeks to see if funding is still available to continue. Please check the website regularly!


  • 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
  • Child Care Closure 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
November 16, 2020-November 29, 2020 December 2, 2020 December 9, 2020
November 30, 2020-December 13, 2020 December 16, 2020 December 23, 2020
December 14, 2020-December 27, 2020 December 30, 2020 January 6, 2021

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.


As Indiana child care providers operate in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are faced with difficult financial challenges. To support our state’s providers and ensure Hoosier families have high-quality child care options, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration – in partnership with Indiana’s Child Care Resource & Referral Network – has launched the Indiana CARES About Child Care relief fund. Supported through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, these grants will help providers with safety-related expenses and emergency operating needs.   

Indiana CARES About Child Care grants are designed to reimburse Indiana child care providers with COVID-19 related needs, such as purchasing health- and safety-related materials and supplies, staffing, cleaning services, additional furniture to support social distancing and other needs as outlined in the Allowable Expenses section below. Grants are also available for emergency expenses deemed necessary to reopen classrooms temporarily shut down due to a positive COVID-19 case.

Grant amounts are up to $12,500 based on a provider’s capacity.

*Providers must provide proof of their licensed capacity or capacity based on local building codes. Providers can review eligibility criteria, allowable expenses and apply at http://brighterfuturesindiana.org/indianacares/ 







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

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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