Funds Available for Childcare for Essential Workers
In an effort to help address staffing availability, Governor Newsom allocated $100 million [gov.ca.gov] in funding to offer subsidized childcare services to essential infrastructure workers (healthcare workers receive priority). Health center staff who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
A summary of eligibility and required documentation released by the California Department of Education [cde.ca.gov] is provided below:
Emergency Childcare for Healthcare Employees
Health center staff are now eligible to enroll in subsidized Emergency Childcare, if all of the following apply:
- The family works as an essential worker as defined below [covid19.ca.gov]. If the family includes a two-parent household, both parents/caregivers must either be essential workers or the other parent must be unable to provide care for the child due to incapacitation
- The family requires childcare to perform their essential work
- The family is not able to complete their work remotely
- The family assets do not exceed $1,000,000
The following forms must be submitted:
- COVID-19 Self-Certification Form (PDF) [cde.ca.gov]
- COVID-19 2020 Confidential Application for Emergency Childcare Services(PDF) [cde.ca.gov]
- COVID-19 Temporary Waiver Request (PDF) [cde.ca.gov]
Interested health center staff should reach out to their respective Resource and Referral Agency [cde.ca.gov]. These agencies are responsible for providing assistance with finding local emergency childcare services. Additional information and guidance on applying are available through the California Department of Education [cde.ca.gov] website.