Policy Updates and Advocacy Opportunities

Advocacy Efforts and Support for the ECE Field During COVID-19

Child360 is working alongside our partners to advocate for needed supports for the child care workforce as we fight the COVID-19 crisis together. We know that countless early care and education professionals are on the frontlines – caring for the children of essential workers and helping keep our economy going. They need support in order to operate safely, to obtain necessary supplies and to remain in business, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. We have elevated the needs of the child care workforce to our elected officials, and both the state and federal government have responded with several forms of relief:

CARES Act: In March, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes funding to support the child care industry:

  • $3.5 billion in grants to states through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Program for immediate assistance to child care providers to prevent them from going out of business and to otherwise support child care for families, including for healthcare workers, first responders, and others playing critical roles during this crisis. CA has received over $350 million in new CCDBG dollars. Click here to view federal guidance on how states can use these emergency child care and development funds in response to COVID-19.
  • $750 million for grants to Head Start programs to help them respond to coronavirus-related needs of children and families.
  • The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): a small business relief program that can help child care providers and other small business owners stay afloat during the crisis and avoid permanent closures. Eligible businesses with less than 500 employees may apply to borrow 2.5 times their monthly payroll expenses to cover 8 weeks of costs such as wages, health care benefits, rent and utilities. If certain requirements are met, the loans may be partly or fully forgiven. Congress approved additional funding for this program on April 23, 2020. Click here to find a lender and apply for a small business loan. The lender (local bank, credit union or other lender) will need to submit the loan application on your behalf.
  • Click here for the full text of the CARES Act legislation.

$100 million in state funding to support child care services for essential workers and vulnerable populations

  • $50 million to the California Department of Education for up to 20,000 limited-term state subsidized child care slots for children of essential workers and children in vulnerable populations.
  • $50 million to the California Department of Education to ensure that child care facilities, centers, and family child care homes are safe and clean for the families they serve. Providers will be reimbursed for the purchase of gloves, face coverings, cleaning supplies, and other labor related to cleaning in accordance with federal and state public health and safety guidelines.
  • Click here to read California Governor Gavin Newsom’s press release.

California Governor’s executive order to expand access to child care for essential workers and at-risk populations during COVID-19 response

  • Facilitates child care for essential workers by allowing the State Department of Education and the California Department of Social Services the flexibility to waive certain programmatic and administrative requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here to read the state guidance.

Economic relief for state subsidized child care and development programs

  • California Senate Bill 117 allows school districts, charter schools and state subsidized child care and development programs to continue receiving state dollars, even if they have closed their doors due to COVID-19.
  • Click here for guidance on apportionment, attendance and reporting requirements.
  • Click here for COVID-19 guidance on emergency closures
  • Click here to read SB 117.

Emergency funding to help California fight COVID-19

  • California Senate Bill 89 will appropriate $500 million from the General Fund for any purpose related to the Governor’s March 4, 2020 proclamation of a state of emergency. The bill also authorizes additional appropriations in increments of $50 million, up to a total appropriation of $1 billion.
  • Click here to read SB 89.

Other helpful resources

  • 888-92-CHILD (888-922-4453): essential workers in Los Angeles County can call this number or visit this website (www.ccala.net) to find child care
  • COVID-19 guidance for child care and preschool programs that remain open
  • COVID-19 guidance for child care and student supervision in the event of a school closure
  • lacoe.edu/childcare: COVID-19 resources and announcements related to early care and education from the LA County Office of Education
  • Call the Los Angeles County Early Childhood Education Call Center (877-777-5799) or email ECEcovidresponse@lacoe.edu if you are an early care and education provider and have questions related to COVID-19
  • For other helpful information, please visit Child360’s COVID-19 support hub, which is updated frequently
  • For child care providers who need cleaning materials and other essential supplies:
    • Contact your local Resource and Referral Agency (R&R) to check whether they have supplies available. Go to www.ccala.net or call 1-888-922-4453 to find your local R&R.
    • Review guidance for child care providers on how to approach stores about waiving supply limitations due to COVID-19

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