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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 that 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 the form
      • All staff must have approved consent form/background check to work on a file with the OECOSL
      • If closure is due to a positive child, the name of the child must be provided and attendance sheets must be submitted showing the last date of attendance
    • For the purposes of this grant, total grant awards will be capped at $40,000 per closure period.

  • The Child Care Closure Assistance Grant application for the weeks of January 10, 2022 – January 23, 2022 is now CLOSED! The new Child Care Closure Assistance Grant for the weeks of January 24, 2022 – February 6, 2022 will open on Monday, January 31, 2022.  Please revisit our webpage to apply!
  • 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.
    • Reminders:
      • All applicants can check the 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
        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, 2021 May  5, 2021 May 12, 2021
        May 3, 2021 - May 16, 2021 May 19, 2021 May 26, 2021
        May 17, 2021 - May 30, 2021 June 2, 2021 June 9, 2021
        May 31, 2021 - June 13, 2021 June 16, 2021 June 23, 2021
        June 14, 2021 - June 27, 2021 June 30, 2021 July 7, 2021
        June 28, 2021 -  July 11, 2021 July 14, 2021 July 21, 2021
        July 12, 2021 - July  25, 2021 July 28, 2021 August 4, 2021
        July 26, 2021 -  August 8, 2021 August 11, 2021 August 18, 2021
        August 9, 2021 - August 22, 2021 August 25, 2021 September 1, 2021
        August 23, 2021 - September 5, 2021 September 8, 2021 September 15, 2021
        September 6, 2021 - September 19, 2021 September 22, 2021 September 29, 2021
        September 20, 2021 - October 3, 2021 October 6, 2021 October 13, 2021
        October 4, 2021 - October 17, 2021 October 20, 2021 October 27, 2021
        October 18, 2021 - October 31, 2021 November 3, 2021 November 10, 2021
        November 1, 2021 - November 14, 2021 November 17, 2021 November 24, 2021
        November 15, 2021 - November 28, 2021 December 1, 2021 December 8, 2021
        November 29, 2021 - December 12, 2021 December 15, 2021 December 22, 2021
        December 13, 2021 - December 26, 2021 December 29, 2021 January 5, 2022
        December 27, 2021 - January 9, 2022 January 12, 2022 January 19, 2022
        January 10, 2022 - January 23, 2022 January 26, 2022 February 2, 2022
        January 24, 2022 - February 6, 2022February 9, 2022February 16, 2022
        February 7, 2022 - February 20, 2022February 23, 2022March 2, 2022
        February 21, 2022 - March 6, 2022March 9, 2022March 16, 2022
        March 7, 2022 - March 20, 2022March 23, 2022March 30, 2022

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