The Office of Early Learning (OEL) recognizes child care is a vital need for parents and communities and understand the need to have access to child care services that will enable first responders, health care workers and impacted families to continue shared efforts to address the statewide emergency, COVID-19.
First Responder Parent Resources
Child Care for Health Care Workers and First Responders – The Office of Early Learning had established a Child Care Application and Authorization Form (referral) for first responders and essential health care personnel to provide them child care services at a free or reduced rate. Services will be available for a period of three months or less. The need for continued care will be reevaluated prior to the end of services. For more information please contact your organization’s Human Resources Department or your local early learning coalition.
At Home Resources for Families – The Office of Early Learning is committed to providing families resources to promote learning at home and providing information on COVID-19. Please visit the Office of Early Learning’s Parents page for additional information on family engagement, community resources and so much more.
Providers Serving First Responder Resources
The Office of Early Learning (OEL) is committed to assisting providers throughout this unique crisis. In an effort to support child care providers OEL is:
- Developing a Q&A document that prescribes actions taken to minimize financial impact to SR and VPK providers.
- Paying providers for unanticipated absences for parents that chose to keep their children home beginning March 1 and not be required to submit additional documentation.
- Reimbursing providers for current/active SR and VPK enrollments during temporary closures.
- Developing a streamlined process for coalitions to purchase supplies on behalf of providers.
- Authorizing a bonus system to provide additional funding to child care providers that serve families of first responders.
- Offering an emergency provisional licensing process to expedite child care providers’ requests to obtain DCF health and safety inspections for licensure