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.

February  22, 2021 

2/22/21

Dear Early Learning Provider,

Please join us for the next call on Thursday, February 25th at 1:30 pm. The Division of Public Health will provide an update and answer your questions. As with all other calls, there will be brief agency updates from the Department of Education and Department of Health and Social Services. The link and call number to the WebEx meeting is below.

Thank you,

Department of Education

https://delawaredoe.webex.com/delawaredoe/j.php?MTID=m49b623599d25a453e7f003f9d231e7bf

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 1:30 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Meeting number: 129 198 2580

Password: qNmTU4bGS24

Join by phone

+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll

Access code: 129 198 2580

 

2/18/21

To All Child Care Providers,

Due to the number of weather-related closings of child care facilities, the Provider Call scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today is cancelled and will be rescheduled.  Details will be sent at a later date.

Stay safe and warm,

The Department of Education

 

2/15/21: Enhanced Reimbursement Update

Dear Early Learning Provider:

Please be aware that the Enhanced Reimbursement application link for January will close on 2/28/2021. 

The application for February will open at 9:00 am on 2/15/2021 and the application for March will open at 9:00 am on 3/15/2021. 

We are aware that the February application link is available at this time. 

Thank you for your attention to this important dates.

Department of Education

2/8/21: Enhanced Reimbursement Update & Clarification

Dear Early Learning Provider:

We are pleased to announce that Enhanced Reimbursement will be available for the months of February and March at 50% of the slot rates utilized during prior months.  Based on available funding, Enhanced Reimbursement will be open to all licensed providers who are open and serving children for the months of February and March. If you have “vacant slots”, as defined through the Enhanced Reimbursement program, you are eligible to apply.

Please keep in mind that enrollment for Enhanced Reimbursement is defined as number of students authorized for Purchase of Care (POC) AND private pay students combined.  That enrollment number is subtracted from your licensed capacity to determine the number of “vacant slots” that are eligible for funding. Providers are reminded, as a condition of receipt for ER, that funding must be used to pay staff first and any remaining funds can be spent on supplies, professional development or other business-related expense.

Please note, upon completion of the March applications and payments, the Enhanced Reimbursement will come to an end.

Application submissions will remain the same as in prior months. Applications will be available on 02/15/2021 at 9:00am for eligible providers to submit their information for the month of February.

Applications will be available on 03/15/2021 at 9:00am for eligible providers to submit their information for the month of March. Applications can be accessed via the following website:  https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/childcare-reimbursement/.

Recognizing the vital economic role of child care providers and small businesses, below please find additional resources to meet payroll, benefits, mortgage, and other expenses.

Again applications can be accessed https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/childcare-reimbursement/.

 

1/26/21

ECE Provider Call Minutes and Materials

Below are the ECE Provider Call Minutes from our recent call. (Call #15 on 1/21/21)  Also attached are other documents mentioned in the minutes.

1/19/21

Tax Information Reminder-Enhanced Reimbursement

Dear Early Learning Providers:

This is a reminder that funding received through the Enhanced Reimbursement (ER) program is considered taxable income.  All providers that received ER funds during calendar year 2020, will receive a 1099 from the State of Delaware during the month of February.

Thank you,

Department of Education

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