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Announcing New Office of Child Care COVID-19 Resources

The Office of Child Care (OCC) continues to add online resources to help Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program grantees respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Recent updates include new content in the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section of the Office of Child Care COVID-19 Resources page. These new FAQs address the following topics:

 

  • How does the FMAP (Federal Medical Assistance Percentage) enhancement as part of the Families First Act affect the state match for CCDF federal matching funds?
  • Can Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds be used for construction or renovation projects?
  • May tribes use CARES Act funds to serve children outside of their service area (such as in adjoining counties)?
  • Are essential workers receiving subsidies funded by the CARES Act subject to the minimum 12-month eligibility period?
  • Can CCDF program funds be used to purchase COVID-19 testing kits for use at child care facilities?
  • Can the CCDF program be used to pay for the renovation of child care facilities, including family child care homes, to support COVID-19 safety policies and practices?
  • Do child care providers need to pay taxes on the CCDF CARES Act funding they received?

 

OCC also recently created the OCC Mental Health and Wellness Resources page to make important mental health resources easy to find for families, children, and child care workforce members. Additional resources for CCDF lead agency personnel and policymakers, child care providers, and families are also available from OCC’s Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System (ECTTAS) COVID-19 Resources pages. New resources on the ECTTAS website include the following:

 

 

Office of Child Care

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mary E. Switzer Building, Fourth Floor, MS 4425

330 C Street, S.W.

Washington, DC  20201

General office number: (202) 690-6782

Fax: (202) 690-5600

General email: occ@acf.hhs.gov

Website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ