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Child Care Resources for Essential Workers

In this uncertain time, we hope to provide some peace of mind to families in need. In some states, child care centers are open to serve essential workers, while in other places, child care is available to any family currently in need. To help you navigate your own child care needs, we have compiled these resources to help you get started. Please note, in our open schools, we’re closely following guidance from the CDC, as well as state and local health authorities. We have enhanced our already rigorous protocols to maintain a safe, healthy school environment.

If you do not see your state listed below, there are no changes in access to care at this time. Find a current list of open schools in your state here.

Arizona

Child care centers in Arizona remain open to all families in need of care.

The state is offering child care scholarships to essential workers. You can find a list of eligible essential workers here. If you are an essential worker in AZ, you can apply for care by filling out this registration form:

To find a child care center near you, regardless of your employer, review our list of open AZ schools. If we do not have a convenient location near you, you can call 800-308-9000 to find alternate providers in your area.

For more information, visit Arizona Enrichment Centers.

California 

Child care centers in California have prioritized care for essential workers and is offering child care subsidies to essential worker families. You can find a list of eligible essential workers here.

If you are an essential worker in CA, you can apply for care by contact your county’s alternative payment program to complete the enrollment process. You can find a contact list here. To find a child care center near you, review our list of open CA schools. If we do not have a convenient location near you, you can find alternate providers here

For more information, visit the California Department of Education’s website: COVID-19 Guidance and Resources.

Colorado

Child care centers in Colorado remain open to all families in need of care.

The state has established emergency funding to fully cover child care costs for the children of essential workers, through May 17. You can find Colorado’s list of essential businesses here. If you are an essential worker in CO, you can apply for care by filling out this survey:

To request a specific La Petite Academy or Children’s Courtyard location, enter the school location in your application rather than your home address. A list of our open locations is available here. If we do not have a convenient location near you, enter your home address and you will be matched with an alternate nearby child care provider.

For more information, visit Colorado Child Care Emergency Collaborative.

Delaware

Delaware child care centers are currently open only to the children of essential workers. You can find Delaware’s designation of essential workers here.

Parents will need to fill out the forms below in order to enroll children in emergency child care:

For more information, contact one of our open DE schools or visit Delaware’s website: Child Care and COVID-19.

Florida

The state is offering child care subsidies for families where at least one parent is a first responder or health care worker. To apply for a child care subsidy, fill out this application:

To find a child care center near you, view our list of open FL schools.If we do not have a convenient location near you, contact your local Early Learning Coalition to be connected with a provider in your area.

For more information, visit this website from the Florida Office of Early Learning.

Illinois

Illinois child care centers are currently open only to the children of essential workers. You can find Illinois’ designation of essential workers here.

Effective April 1, and announced on April 5, Illinois is offering subsidized child care for essential workers in the state. To apply for child care support, complete the following form:

For more information, contact one of our open IL schools or visit the Early Childhood Development website: Emergency Child Care for Communities & Providers.

Kansas

Child care centers in Kansas remain open to all families in need of care.

The state is offering income based child care assistance for the children of essential workers. If you are an essential worker in KS, you can apply for care by visiting this site and selecting “Apply for Benefits”:

To find a child care center near you, view our list of open KS schools. If we do not have a convenient location near you visit this site to find a provider in your area.

For more information, visit Hero Relief Program.

Maryland

Maryland child care centers are currently open only to the children of essential workers. You can find Maryland’s designation of essential workers here.

The state of Maryland is offering no-cost child care to designated essential workers. To find a child care center near you, review our list of open MD schools. If we do not have a convenient location near you, you can call 877-261-0060 to find alternate providers in your area.

Once you have selected a preferred child care center, download these four (4) forms, complete and take to the provider of your choice:

For more information on emergency child care in Maryland, visit the Division of Early Childhood’s website here.

Michigan

Michigan child care centers are currently open only to the children of essential workers. You can find Michigan’s designation of essential workers here.

If you are an essential worker in need of care, please review our list of open MI schools. If we do not have a convenient location you can visit this website to be connected with a provider in your area.

New Jersey

New Jersey child care centers are currently open only to the children of essential workers and is offering child care subsidies to help offset the cost to families. You can find New Jersey’s designation of essential workers here.

To apply for child care in New Jersey, please complete the following form:

To find a child care center near you, review our list of open NJ schools. If we do not have a convenient location near you, NJ’s Child Care Resource and Referral Agency will help you find a provider after they process your application.

For more information, visit NJ’s Department of Human Services' website: Emergency Child Care.

New Mexico 

Child care centers in New Mexico remain open to all families in need of care. The state is offering subsided care to essential workers in the state. You can find a designation of New Mexico’s essential workers here.

To apply for care, complete the following application and provide the supporting materials:

Email the above materials to CYFD-ECS-AtRisk@state.nm.us along with the name and address of your preferred provider. To find a child care center near you, review our list of open NM schools. If we do not have a convenient location near you, you can find alternate providers here.

For more information, visit NM’s Children, Youth & Families Department’s website: Child Care Services.

New York     

Child care centers in New York remain open to all families in need of care.

New York is offering child care subsidies for families of essential workers. You can find a list of essential workers here.

Qualified essential workers can apply for care by completing the CARES Child Care Scholarship Parent Application.

To find a provider near you, visit our list of open NY schools. If we do not have a convenient location near you, visit the NY Child Care Resource & Referral site to find alternate providers in your area.

For more information, read New York State’s new release here.

North Carolina

North Carolina child care centers remain open but providers are required to operate under a new Emergency Child Care Provider License.

Beginning April 1, a Critical Worker Emergency Child Care Subsidy program will provide financial assistance to parents/primary caregivers who are critical workers and who do not have other child care options. You can find North Carolina’s definition of essential businesses here. If you are an essential worker in NC, you can apply for assistance by completing this form:

To find a child care center near you, review our list of open NC schools. If we do not have a convenient location near you, you can call 1-888-600-1685 to find alternate providers in your area.

For more information, visit the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education’s website: Coronavirus Information for Child Care.

Ohio

Ohio child care centers are currently open only to the children of essential workers. You can find Ohio’s designation of essential workers here

To enroll in one of our centers, families must complete the following two forms at the time of enrollment. Depending on your family's income, you may be eligible for subsidized care, paid for by the state.

For more information, contact one of our open OH schools or visit the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services website for Coronavirus Pandemic Child Care Information for Families.

Oregon

Oregon child care centers are currently open only to the children of essential workers.

The state has expanded eligibility for child care funding. You can find Oregon’s designation of essential workers here and learn more about subsidized care at the state’s webpage: Employment Related Day Care: Temporary COVID-19 Related Changes

To find a provider near you, visit our list of open OR schools. If we do not have a convenient location near you, visit Find Child Care Oregon to find alternate providers in your area.

South Carolina

Child care centers in South Carolina remain open to all families in need of care.

South Carolina is offering Child Care Vouchers for essential employees. To qualify, you must be currently working at an essential business, you must need child care so you may continue to work, and you must complete a child care application. You do not have to meet any income guidelines for this limited program.

To apply for a child care voucher, email Christi Jeffcoat at christi.jeffcoat@dss.sc.gov. In the email, you will need to indicated your first and last name, the best phone number to reach you and the occupation/business where you work.  In the subject line, please put “Essential Employee Child Care Request”.  

To find a provider near you, visit our list of open SC schools. If we do not have a list of convenient locations near you, you can find a list of alternate locations here.

For more information, visit the SC Child Care website: COVID-19 Announcements.

Tennessee

Child care centers in Tennessee remain open to all families in need of care.

Tennessee is offering child care subsidies for families of essential workers. To be eligible for the program, parents must be employees of a healthcare entity, law enforcement, first responders (EMS, Fire Departments, etc.), corrections officers, military, activated national guard, human and social services workers, postal workers, transportation employees, restaurant workers or grocery workers.

To apply for TN COVID-19 Essential Employee Child Care Payment Assistance, complete the following application:           

To find a provider near you, visit our list of open TN schools. If we do not have a convenient location near you, you can find a list of alternate providers in TN here.

For more information, visit the TN Department of Human Services’ website: COVID-19 Child Care.

Texas

Texas is offering child care subsidies for families of essential workers. In order to help prioritize available child care, the following essential workers are given priority by the state:

  • Healthcare and pharmacy workers
  • First responders
  • Workers in child care services, in support of workers in other essential functions
  • Critical infrastructure workers in grocery, utilities, and trucking
  • Other identified infrastructure workers, which include critical state and local government staff; mail/delivery services; nursing homes, home health care and other direct care providers; banks; gas stations; military; and restaurants and other food delivery

Qualified essential workers can apply for care through their local Workforce Solutions board.

To find a provider near you, visit our list of open TX schools. If we do not have a convenient location near you, visit the TX Frontline Care Availability Portal to find alternate providers in your area.

For more information, visit the TX website: Frontline Child Care.

 

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