OCC Announcement on Vaccine Access

June 2, 2021

Today the Biden-Harris Administration announced new Office of Child Care (OCC) guidance clarifying that state, territory, and Tribal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) lead agencies may use supplemental CCDF discretionary funds appropriated in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act to help parents and child care providers access the COVID-19 vaccine. For example, CCDF lead agencies can use these funds to provide bonuses or other financial incentives to child care providers who choose to stay open extra hours or to provide care on the weekends so parents can be vaccinated. For providers, lead agencies can provide stipends to child care providers to cover the cost of transportation to and from vaccine sites and paid time off to receive the vaccine and recover from any side effects.

This guidance is available as Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) #36 at this Web link.

President Biden also announced that, in response to the Administration’s call to action, several of the Nation’s largest child care providers are offering free drop-in child care between now and July 4th while family members get vaccinated and recuperate from the side effects of vaccination. Read more in this White House Fact Sheet.

Watch President Biden’s remarks via this Web link.

OCC is issuing this FAQ to lead agencies due to the time-sensitive nature and urgency in ensuring that Americans can access the COVID-19 vaccine. Forthcoming guidance will comprehensively address use of the supplemental CCDF discretionary funds in the ARP Act. Guidance will be available on the OCC COVID-19 Resources page.

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