COVID-19 Updates for Child Care Providers

For up-to-date information please visit the COVID-19 child care site or contact the Office of Early Learning.

This is a list of best practices resources to assist Child Care Professionals Professionals Resources (Online Professional Learning and Health and Safety) 11.13.20 and some for Families Family Resources (At-Home Activities Phone Apps How to Talk to Children and Community Resources) 11.13.20.  Some are specifically about COVID-19 and others are resources that can be used now and at any time.

COVID-19 and Child Care is a constantly changing situation in Delaware.  You can read the most recent information.  Read more about the many changes and important information that came out on different dates on the following COVID-19 page.

November 30, 2020

11/30/20

Dear Early Learning Provider,

As a reminder, Enhanced Reimbursement (ER) for the months of November and December are open to all licensed providers that are open during those respective months, regardless of their status on July 1st.   As December is the last month for ER, the Department of Education will open the December application on 12/1/2020 at 8am.  As a reminder, any program submitting an application for this month must be open and serving children for the month of December, and should report enrollment figures as of 12/1.

Important Note:  Given the end date of the program, all applications must be submitted through the online application on or before 12/30/2020 to be eligible for payment. December applications submitted between December 1st and December 5th at midnight will be downloaded on Monday, December 7th.  Verification calls and payment processing for December applications will begin the week of December 7th. The online application will be removed at midnight on 12/30/20 and will not be accessible to providers.

Thank you,

Department of Education

 

11/23/20:

Dear Early Learning Providers:

After hearing concerns regarding the Department’s communication last week, which included a reminder that funds must be expensed by December 30, the State reviewed the public guidance available from the Delaware Department of Justice, the guidance available from the United States Treasury and its Office of Inspector General, and consulted with the State’s Division of Accounting.

Upon further review, we are pleased to share that we have confirmed that when the funds leave the State they are considered expended for the purpose of the federal grant. Given that, the information regarding the need for providers to expend Enhanced Reimbursement funds by December 30 is retracted. If you have any questions, please email us at enhanced.reimbursement@doe.k12.de.us

Thank you for your patience as we worked through this complicated issue.

Department of Education

 

11/18/20:

Please see the attached minutes and handouts from the 13th provider call on November 9th.  Thank you.

11.19.20_1_ECE Provider Call #13 Minutes

 

11/17/20: Enhanced Reimbursement-December

Dear Early Learning Provider:

We are pleased to announce that Enhanced Reimbursement for December will be open to all providers that are currently open and serving children, regardless of when you re-opened. Therefore, if you have vacant seats that you are not receiving payment for (POC or private pay), you are eligible to apply for Enhanced Reimbursement. Applications will be available on 12/15/2020 for eligible providers to submit their information. Applications can be accessed via the following website:  https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/childcare-reimbursement/

Unfortunately, we will not be able to consider retroactive payments for prior months and please be reminded that Enhanced Reimbursement will end with the month of December.  It is also important to note that all funds paid through Enhanced Reimbursement must be used for expenses incurred prior to 12/30/2020.

Once again, thank you for your continued support.

Department of Education

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