LATEST COVID-19 ACTIONS BY STATE
(Go to Latest COVID-19 Resources by Topic Area)
Our allies in states across the country are sharing regular updates on their states' responses to the COVID-19 emergency. We are compiling these strategies and resources here, and are updating the list frequently. Note that posts are part of our ongoing work to connect advocates to each other, so shares aren't necessarily policy endorsements.
Child Care Subsidy and Payment Changes in Response to COVID-19
Last updated April 1, 2020
This summary is an Alliance for Early Success compilation of various state policy changes made related to child care subsidy and payments in response to COVID-19. Generally, many states are continuing subsidy payments to try to keep subsidized child care programs whole if they choose to or are forced to close, or if they experience significant declines in attendance. Note that this is not an exhaustive account of all states’ actions.
Latest Actions by State
Alabama Declares Emergency, Closes Schools (3/16) - The Governor declared a state of emergency and closed public schools for two-and-a-half weeks as the state reported its first known case of coronavirus.
Arkansas Early Childhood Association Letter to the Governor (3/31) - "Child Care During and After the Pandemic"
Schools to Close for On-Site Instruction (3/16). Media reports current plan is reopen Monday March 30.
California Child Care Resource and Referral Network (3/20) - This extensive update includes a readout of a community care licensing information call.
Statewide Waivers for Licensing Requirements (3/19) - Details are in this state Provider Information Notice.
Survey to Match Displaced Workers with Centers (3/19) - CDSS created this survey to offer assistance to those individuals that are interested in offering services for those child care settings that are in need.
Alternative Payment (AP) Programs (3/19) - The California Department of Education (CDE) Early Learning and Care Division has issued reimbursement guidance.
Registration for San Francisco Emergency Child & Youth Care is by Invitation Only (3/19) - City has announced the process, and that invitations to register for emergency child and youth care were sent to health care workers and city and county employees who have been activated as disaster service workers.
San Francisco Mayor Opens Libraries and Recreatioon Centers for Emergency Care Worker Child Care (3/14) - The Mayor announced that the San Francisco Public Library will begin to operate libraries and indoor recreation facilities as emergency care facilities for children of parents on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak and low-income families.
Cost Modeling (3/25) - Colorado Emergency Child Care Cost Model
New Public-Private Partnership on Emergency Child Care (3/23) - This is the web page for the innovative new Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative.
Guidance to Governor (3/20) - This letter (3/17) from advocates with guidance to the Governor and relevant state agency leaders outlines strategies we should pursue at the state level. The next day (3/18), the Colorado Department of Human Services sent guidance to counties highlighting flexibility in our child care subsidy program to support providers (also attached) including increased absence payments, waiving parent fees, and other supportive strategies. The Governor's school closure Executive Order, also the next day (3/18), spoke to several child care issues. More here.
Early Intervention Resource Page (3/20) - Updated information, including the announcement that Early Intervention Colorado is discontinuing in-person visits.
Early Childhood Resource Page (3/20) - Early Milestones has created this page on practice and through policy to help lessen the spread of coronavirus. The page will be updated daily.
Annoucement of School Closure (3/13) - Media reports that school districts are extending their spring break by a week or more in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Proposed Childhood Workforce Legislation (3/11) - The Colorado Legislature is considering three bills that would, together, support the recruitment, compensation, and retention of Colorado’s early childhood workforce.
Paid Sick Leave for Child Care Workers (3/10) - The governor signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and requesting certain actions, including directing the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) to engage in emergency rulemaking to ensure workers in food handling, hospitality, child care, health care, and education can get paid sick leave. (More here.)
Colorado Already Uses Telehealth in Part C Early Intervention (3/10) - This 2019-updated ZERO TO THREE paper describes this EI approach to address the shortage of personnel.
Our lead ally in Connecticut is the Connecticut Association for Human Services.
Funding to Continue Through June 30 (3/26) - The OEC announced a commitment to pay state funded providers through the end of the fiscal year.
Conecticut Child Care Rules Waivers (3/14) - The Governor signed his third executive order since the enactment of the emergency declarations, which authorizes the Commissioner of Early Childhood to waive certain licensing and other requirements to maintain and increase the availability of child care.
- District of Columbia
Our lead ally in DC is DC Action for Children.
New Resources Page (3/25) DC Action for Children created this resource for local policy, agency guidance, and resources for organizations in the District that serve children, youth and families.
Our lead ally in Florida is the Children's Movement of Florida.
Recommendations on Child Care and COVID-19 (3/23) - Children's Movement of Florida Recommendations
FAHSC Guidance for MIECHV to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 (3/16) - The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions has put together this guidance on virtual home visits and staff working remotely during COVID-19.
Our lead ally in Georgia is the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS).
Guidance to Governor (3/21) - GEEARS and other early childhood leaders sent this letter to the Governor.
Pre-K Guidance (3/16) - Guidance for providers; there is no mandate to close.
Child Care Payment Policy Modifications (3/15) - The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning issued these policy modifications to ease the financial burden for programs that offer Georgia Pre-K and that serve children on Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) scholarships.
Our lead ally in Idaho is the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children.
Idaho AEYC Child Care Survey Results and Statement (3/26) - "Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights Importance of Child Care in Idaho: Survey Demonstrates the Tenuous Nature of Child Care Facilities in the State."
Guidance to the Governor (3/18): Idaho Voices for Children sent this letter urging action related to child care, health care, housing, and family financial security, and Idaho AEYC and partners sent this memo outlining guidance to address specific and urgent needs of child care programs across Idaho.
Our lead ally in Illinois is Ounce of Prevention Fund.
Governors Statement on ECE Response (3/30) - Illinois’ early childhood care and education responses and supports
Local EC Leaders' Make Recommendations to Governor (3/13) - A letter to the governor, led by Protect Our Care Illinois (POCIL) and signed by the Ounce, with recommendations regarding Medicaid and other health programs.
Temporary Assistance Grant Application for Child Care Providers (3/19) - OECOSL with CCDF quality dollars is offering this opportunity to apply for temporary grants or assistance to impacted providers to retain the child care supply during periods of closures.
School Closures Annoucement (3/13) - Reporting on Indiana schools 20-day break to stem virus.
Our lead ally in Kansas is Kansas Action for Children.
State Recommending Continuity of Operations for Child Care at This Time (3/19). Interim Guidance for Child Care Facilities Licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends continuity of operations for child care at this time. "However, local public health officers may implement more restrictive guidance and provisions for child care facilities, up to and including closure, within their jurisdiction."
Our lead ally in Louisianna is the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children.
Webinars for ECE Industry (3/27) - The Louisiana Department of Education is posting the slides from its webinars to educate and inform the early care and education industry.
FAQs for Child Care Centers and Providers (3/27) - Latest guidance from the department of education.
Louisianna Statewide Child Care Survey (3/16) - Louisiana Policy Institute for Children is fielding a a statewide survey to learn how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting child care providers in Louisiana, with the ultimate goal of creating a dataset that encourages policy that supports the sector. This is their survey instrument.
ECE Centers to Stay Open (3/15) - The Louisiana Department fo Health issued this guidance on the Governor's school closure proclamation, which closes programs adminstered by the Department of Education, but not provate programs.
Radio Segment Features Maine Allies (3/23) - Maine advocates appeared on a special two-hour Maine Public Radio program in response to the pressing issues facing Maine during the coronavirus crisis.
Passed Emergency Legislation to Support Workers and Businesses (3/17) - Unemployment Insurance FAQs Regarding COVID-19
Child Care COVID-19 Protocol for Licensed Child Care Programs (3/16) - Recommendations, Including Guidance for Capacity Increase
Maine DHHS Child Care Emergency Plan (3/16) - This plan is now in effect.
Recommendations and Emergency Proclamation (3/15) - The Governor's proclamation was accompanies by significant recommendations.
Our lead ally in Maryland is Maryland Family Network.
New Division of Early Childhood Coronavirus Resource (3/29) - Information about child care for essential employees, early childhood grants, programming, and initiatives on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Child Care Closed, Except for Essential Personnel (3/26) - Announcement that non-emergency child care providers are to be closed.
Emergency Order to Expand Access to Child Care for Critical Personnel (3/14) - The Governor enacted an emergency order to expand child care access for critical personnel during the state of emergency. Details here.
Our lead ally in Massachusetts is Strategies for Children, Inc.
Editorial Calling for "Child Care Sector Bailout" (3/24) - A Boston Globe editorial argues "The coronavirus puts child care sector in need of a bailout -- the closure of child care centers due to COVID-19 has forced a profound reckoning about the state of the American child care system."
Guidance on Emergency Child Care Programs (3/21) - New guidance about opening up emergency drop-in childcare in Massachusetts.
Child Care Programs to Close (3/18) - Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs will be available regionally to provide care for emergency workers and others. Here are the guidance documents.
New Early Care and Education Measures (3/15) - The Department of Early Education and Care and the Department of Public Health are instructing organizations and providers to take new steps to limit crowds and disinfect. The state’s EC guidance can be found here.
Department of Early Education Posts FAQs (3/14) - EEC answers questions about its to support providers, families, and communities, including exercising its authority to vary from its regulations.
Emergency Child Care Grants (3/27) - Governor's Supplemental Budget Recommendations include funding.
Child Care Provider Resource (3/24) - This site for providers also includes an interactive map of the state's providers for emergency workers.
Child Care Update (3/23) - Update from the Governor's Children's Cabinet, including emergency child care proposals.
Our lead ally in Missouri in Kids Win Missouri.
Letter to the Governor (3/20) - Kids Win Missouri sent this letter (3/19) urging action related to child care, health care, SNAP, and WIC flexibility being given to states during this time of emergency.
New Child Care and COVID-19 Resource Page (3/20) - DHSS created has posted this page to provide communications to child care facilities from the Section for Child Care Regulation (SCCR), as well as guidance from the department and other resources.
Missouri Child Care Licensing Authority Provider Communications (3/16) - Missouri's child care licensing authority at Health and Senior Services has created this website with all its communication to providers, and also has a survey on the link for providers who are impacted/closed by COVID-19. (If area schools close in Missouri it is being considered an "Emergency School Closure" and child care providers are given relaxed licensing rules by increasing their capacity by 1/3.)
Our lead ally in Montana is Zero to Five.
New COVID-19 Resources Page (4/1) - This page contains the latest nationwide and Montana COVID-19 resources for child care providers, communities and families.
Order Extending Closures (3/25) - Governor's directive to extend closures of public schools and dine-in food service and mandate social distancing measures.
Our lead ally in Nevada is First Five Nebraska.
Letter to the State Leaders (3/20) - Today First Five Nebraska, Buffet Early Childhood Fund, and other state early childhood leaders sent this letter to leaders at the state's DHS, DOE, DOL, and legislature calling out the urgent needs of the early childhood system.
Our lead ally in Nevada in Children's Advocacy Alliance.
Recommendations Sent to the Governor 's Office (3/17) - Advocates sent this letter with specific, actionable recommendations for child care.
- New Hampshire
Our ally in New Hampshire is New Futures.
List of Essential Businesses (3/29) - List of industry sectors that provide essential services and support to COVID-19 and the core missions of the State.
Flyer for Families (3/29) - Contact list for emergency child care COVID-19 support
Letter to the Governor (3/27) - Coalition of New Hampshire Early Childhood Advocates issued this letter.
State Stay at Home Order (3/27) - The text of the Governor's order.
Extension of Unemploymnet Benefits to the Self-Employed (3/15) - In this letter, the Governor announces extension of unemployment benefits to the self-employed, which should include many child care providers.
- New Jersey
Our lead ally in New Jersey is Advocates for Children of New Jersey.
Statement on COVID-19 (3/22), Advocates for Children of New Jersey Child Care Statement on COVID-19.
Emergency Payment Changes for Child Care (3/18) - New Jersey Division of Family Development has posted this Emergency and Disaster Child Care Policy.
- New Mexico
Our lead ally in New Mexica is the Southwest Women's Law Center.
Child Care Provider Announcements Page (3/29) - Support information for child care providers.
Surveys for Child Care Providers and Responders (3/29) - A survey for child care providers (asking them about their plans to stay open or close and to ask about their needs) as well as a survey for first responders, health care professionals and essential employees.
Free Treatment Coverage for Child Care Workers Who are Diagnosed with COVID-19 (3/25) - Order from Governor.
FAQ for Child Care Providers (3/24) - Resources and Frequently Asked Questions for Child Care Providers
A Slate of Temporary Family and Child Care Supports (3/16) - The state has made a series of temporary changes to New Mexico’s early childhood policies, including expanding child care for first responders and health providers; enabling family, friends, and neighbors (FFN) to deliver paid child care services; protecting CYFD assistance benefits for families; partnering with the Public Education Department to provide child care; among others.
- New York
Our lead ally in New York is the Center for Children's Initiatives.
New COVID-19 Resource Page (4/1) - This page provides a range of resources to help parents, child care providers, and anyone concerned with the health and safety of a child in a day care program.
Coaltion Issues Call for Emergency Funding (3/31) - "Emergency Funds Imperative to Support Child Care Programs and the Families of Essential Workers."
Relaxing Selected Child Child Care Licensing Standards (3/16) - The Governor, as summarized in this letter, has relaxed some child care licensing standards, including teacher/child ratios, to allow providers to serve more children, and will make it easier utilize substitutes.
Streamling Access to TA and SNAP (3/16) - The New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is temporarily issuing essential statewide waivers to certain eligibility requirements for the programs that the agency oversees.
- North Carolina
Our lead ally in North Carolina is NC Child.
Request for Emergency Child Care Economic Support ((3/29) - The North Carolina Early Education Coalition released this position and request for funding from the NC General Assembly.
New Emergency Child Care Operations and Financing Guidance (3/25) - The state released these guidelines and application to remain open or reopen.
New Guidance on School-Based Emergency Child Care (3/20) - Joint Guidance for Superintendents from the NC Department of Public Instruction and the NC Department of Health and Human Services for the Operation of School-Based Emergency Child Care during the COVID-19 School Closure
Our lead ally in Ohio is Groundwork Ohio.
Resources for Providers (3/31) - Groundwork Ohio's page for COVID-19 Response Resources for Providers
Most Childcare Centers to Close (3/22) - Beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, all operating child care centers in Ohio must do so under a temporary pandemic child care license.
Temporary Pandemic Child Care Licensure (3/18) - Here you can see the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' Application for Temporary Pandemic Child Care Center License and the license's Rules and Procedures.
Memoradum of Recommendations from State Early Childhood Leaders (3/17) - In this memo, the early childhood community recommends the creation of a “Critical Child Care” network. They also realeased these recommendations.
Emergency Child Care Measures (3/17) - Emergency action to provide child care to families where parents work in the health, safety, and essential service fields.
Our lead ally in Oklahoma is Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness.
Child Care Provider Supports (3/25) Oklahoma announces first phase of child care provider supports.
lace Holding Fees for Subsidy Families (3/24) - OKDHS has announced it will allow providers to charge an optional “place holding” fee for subsidy families who choose to keep their child at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adjustment to Eligible Providers for Children in Full-time Care (3/24) - For child care provided during March 2020, OKDHS announced it is making a one-time adjustment to eligible providers for children in full-time care who did not have enough days to receive the absent pay.
Expanded Guuidance to Childc Care Centers (3/23) - OKDHS has issued expanded guidance to child care centers in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019
Our lead ally in Oregon is the Children's Institute.
Continuation of Subsidy Payments (3/26) - Summary of DHS’s policy changes related to COVID-19 and subsidy providers.
Emergency Child Care Guidance (3/25) DOE Emergency Child Care Guide for School Districts
Temporary Changes to Child Care Rules (3/18) - For child care programs that choose to remain open, these changes are provided.
Child Care Centers to Remain Open, In Spite of School Closure (3/13) - The Oregon Early Learning Division announced plans to keep child care centers open, with a focus on aggressively pursuing exceptions and flexibility to existing rules that do not compromise child safety.
Deadline Extension for Student Success Act Grants (3/13) - The Department of Education announced it is extending the deadline to apply for Student Success Act grants for its four early learning programs.
Our lead ally in Pennsylvania is Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.
Philadelphia Emergency Fund for Stabilization of Early Education (PEFSEE) (3/31) - Philadelphia has stood up a $7 million privately financed fund for the early childhood community.
Recommendations to Preserve ECE Infrastructure (3/24) - Start Strong PA and Pre-K for PA have issued "The Essential Elements to Sustain the Early Childhood Education Infrastructure for Families to Rapidly Return to Work."
Philadelphia Small Business Relief (3/24) - The Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Fund is designed to provide immediate relief – in the form of grants and zero-interest loans - to Philadelphia businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Pennsylvania Child Care Shut Down (3/16) - The Governor has ordered a statewide shutdown of non-essential business. Under the Governor’s announcement, certified child care centers and group child care homes operating outside a residence shall cease operations effective midnight March 16, 2020 for a period of 14 days. The Governor, however, has said his administration will not enforce their closure. (More here.)
Philadelphia Pre-K (3/15) - This memo outlines how the City of Philadelphia funded pre-k program is currently proceeding. There are some differences between how the local government is thinking about what's going on versus the state, as described in this news article.
Child Care Works Payment Modifications (3/14) - This Office of Child Development and Early Learning announcement provides additional information to child care programs participating in Child Care Works and the Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRC) in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Operational Recommendations for Early Childhood Providers (3/13) - This Office of Child Development and Early Learning announcement provides Operational Recommendations for Early Childhood Providers Due to Coronavirus.
- Rhode Island
Our lead ally in Rhode Island is Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.
Child Care Access for Front Line Workers (3/25) New Measures and Partnership
Child Care Centers to Close with Employee Assistance (3/15) - The Governor announced guidance directing all child care centers in Rhode Island to close, adding any day care employee or other Rhode Island worker impacted by a business closure can apply for Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI), Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI), or Unemployment Insurance (UI). The state is also waiving the seven-day minimum amount of time that claimants must be out of work to qualify for these benefits as a result of COVID-19.
- South Carolina
Our lead ally in South Carolina is South Carolina First Steps.
Child Care Centers Remain Open with Emergency Licensing Plans in Place (3/15) - State officials have encouraged private child care centers to follow school closures. This is not a requirement at this time. Emergency plans for child care licensing are in effect, including options for exceeding capacity to accommodate displaced children, foster children, or children of DSS staff and first responders.
Our lead ally in Tennessee is Tennesseeans for Quality Early Education.
Financial Aid Available for Families That Lost Employment Due to COVID-19 (3/25) - Emergency cash assistance applications are now being accepted online for qualifying families that lost a job as a result of the pandemic state of emergency.
New Grant Program (3/24) $10MM Grant Makes Financial Assistance Available to Tennessee Child Care Providers. Additionally, DHS has committed to continue to reimburse child care providers based on enrollment prior to the virus. However, it is unclear what the duration of this relief will be.
Summary of TWC Child Care Actions (4/2) - Texans Care for Children has compiled this new summary of he COVID-19 response from The Texas Workforce Commission, which oversees the state's child care subsidy system. They have taken many significant steps to support family access to subsidized child care during the crisis.
New Funding for Emergency Child Care (3/26) - Announcement from the Texas Workforce Commission.
Closure Period Extended (3/27) - Update from Lets Grow Kids on Executive order an impact.
Child Care Stabilization Payment Program for Private Tuition (3/26) - FAQs about COVID-19 Child Care Stabilization Payment Program for Private Tuition
Vermont Actions (3/20) - Comprehensive update from Lets Grow Kids on Vermont child care policy decisions including:
- a definition of essential workers
- a survey instrument for essential workers to request child care
- an update that the state will continue to pay child care subsidies for enrolled children even if the program closes — as long as they pay staff
New Child Care and Early Ed Guidance (3/10) - The Vermont Department of Health has developed this revised guidance to assist child care, Head Start and public and private Pre-K education programs with their response to 2019 novel coronavirus disease.
New Directive on Provision of Services to Children of Essential Persons (3/17) - This directive provides emergency operating guidelines and applies to all schools under the authority of the Education Secretary for pre- K through grade 8 and all state-licensed child care programs.
Our lead ally in Virginia is the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Position Statement (4/1) - VECF Position Statement: Early Childhood and COVID-19
Guidance on Emergency Child Care (3/25), Joint Guidance from DSS and DOE.
Guidance on Child Care Subsidy (3/25), Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19
Guidance for School Divisions and School Based Pre-School (3/25) Frequently Asked Questions
Foster Care Unified Network: COVID-19 Recommendations (3/20) - The Foster Care Policy Network has worked together over the last few days to develop a list of recommendations for a coordinated response to COVID-19.
Recommendations to the Commonwealth and to Congress (3/17) - In this piece, advocates outline the tools available to policymakers to help to mitigate and manage the stresses on families.
- West Virginia
Our lead ally in West Virginia is TEAM for West Virginia Children.
Our lead ally in Wisconsin is Kids Forward.
Letter-Writing Camapign to Support the ECE Workforce (3/31) - The campaign has four key provisions.
Early Learning Guidance (3/29) - Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction COVID-19 Early Learning Guidance
Safer at Home Order (3/25) Governors Emergency Order
Pairing Survey for EC Educators and Essential Workers (3/17) - Numerous Wisoconsin partners have come together to launch a survey that will allow them to pair educators with essential service orgs directly and with other child care programs that are staying open to serve essential workers but are short staff. This is their instrument.
Wisconsin Child Care Rules Waivers (3/16) - Wisconsin DCF has issued rules waivers to give providers and families additional flexibility in seeking child care.
State-by-State National Resources:
National Association for the Education of Young Children Survey Results - NIEER has completed a national survey of providers and compiled the results into an interactive map.
Hunt Institute State Child Care Actions in Response to COVID-19 - The Hunt Institute has launched a comprehensive, real-time scan of State Child Care Actions in Response to COVID-19. This page (best viewed on a desktop) includes closure status, links to provider guidance, Executive Orders and more.
National Conference of State Legislatures State Legislative Actions Page - Updated every weekday, this NCSL page catalogs COVID-19-related state house and senate bills (and their current status).