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COVID-19 (coronavirus) guidance for OECOSL stakeholders

The Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning continues to issue news and update guidance to partners and stakeholders in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Listed below is the guidance released to date by OECOSL. All FSSA COVID-19 announcements can be found here.

Grants

  • Child Care Closure Assistance Grant provides assistance to a program if a program has closed due to a confirmed COVID-19 case which requires closure of a classroom or facility.

    • Grants will be awarded to programs for the purpose of continuing to regularly pay child care staff and maintain operations for the time period of the required COVID-19 closure.

    • This grant should cover the cost of lost revenue during closure from children who are funded through private pay/cash pay.

    • Providers must have been temporarily closed during the time period of this grant because of a confirmed COVID-19 case of a person affiliated with the facility.

    • Providers must be eligible to receive CCDF and be a licensed center, family child care home, unlicensed registered ministry or legally licensed-exempt providers that are not schools (public or private) or Head Start/Early Head Start grantees in the state of Indiana.

    • Documentation Required for Temporary Closure Assistance Grant Approval:
      • If closure is due to positive staff, documentation must be provided of confirmed positive test with name, date and results on form
      • All staff must have approved consent form/background check to work on file with the OECOSL
      • If closure is due to positive child, name of child must be provided and attendance sheets must be submitted showing last date of attendance
    • For the purposes of this grant, total grant awards will be capped at $40,000 per closure period.

  • Note: The grant will be evaluated every two weeks to see if funding is still available to continue. Please check the website regularly!

  • The Child Care Closure Assistance Grant application for the weeks of April 5, 2021– April 18, 2021  is now available and the application can be found by clicking here.
  • Note: If a Child Care Closure Assistance Grant period has closed please contact Rene Withers at rene.withers@fssa.in.gov to request a review for an exception to apply.
  • Please note: Temporary Assistance Grants have ended! The final grant period was for the weeks of July 13, 2020 – July 25, 2020.
    • Reminders:
      • All applicants can check status of applications by logging back into Submittable and following the instructions/tutorial posted!
      • Please check your junk/spam emails for communications and approvals from Submittable
      • Child Care Closure Assistance Grant applications cover a two week time period. Applications will be posted one grant period at a time, new grants will post once the prior grant closes. The grant period that is currently posted and subsequent grant periods will close on the dates listed on the chart below:

        Grant period
        Child Care Closure Assistance Grant
        Grant closes at 6 p.m. EDTPayment
        July 27, 2020 - August 8, 2020 August 11, 2020 August 19, 2020
        August 10, 2020 - August 22, 2020 August 26, 2020 September 2, 2020
        August 24, 2020 - September 5, 2020 September 8, 2020 September 16, 2020
        September 7, 2020 - September 19, 2020 September 23, 2020 September 30, 2020
        September 21, 2020 - October 3, 2020 October 7, 2020 October 14, 2020
        October 5, 2020 - October 17, 2020 October 21, 2020 October 28, 2020
        October 19, 2020 - November 1, 2020 November 4, 2020 November 11, 2020
        November 2, 2020 - November 15, 2020 November 18, 2020 November 25, 2020
        November 16, 2020 - November 29, 2020 December 2, 2020 December 9, 2020
        November 30, 2020 - December 13, 2020 December 16, 2020 December 23, 2020
        December 14, 2020 - December 27, 2020 December 30, 2020 January 6, 2021
        December 28, 2020 - January 10, 2021 January 13, 2021 January 20, 2021
        January 11, 2021 - January 24, 2021 January 27, 2021 February 3, 2021
        January 25, 2021 - February 7, 2021 February 10, 2021 February 17, 2021
        February 8, 2021 - February 21, 2021 February 24, 2021 March 3, 2021
        February 22, 2021 - March 7, 2021 March 10, 2021 March 17, 2021
        March 8, 2021 - March 21, 2021 March 24, 2021 March 31, 2021
        March  22, 2021 -  April 4, 2021 April 7, 2021 April 14, 2021
        April 5, 2021 - April 18, 2021 April 21, 2021 April 28, 2021
        April 19, 2021 - May 2, 2021May  12, 2021May 5, 2021
        May 3, 2021 - May 16, 2021May 26, 2021May 19, 2021
        May 17, 2021 - May 30, 2021June 9, 2021June 2, 2021
        May 31, 2021 - June 13, 2021June 23, 2021June 16, 2021

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