COVID-19 Resources for Child Care Providers
October 12, 2020
FY2021 Market Rate Survey
IDHS is collecting data that is imperative to the continued support of Illinois child care providers. The collected information allows leaders to plan and allocate adequate funding to support the needs of children and families in Illinois.
Return to School (School Age Children)
11/6/2020: Schools reopened with modified schedules that include in-person, remote, and hybrid learning models. To accommodate the needs of working parents, CCAP will pay a full-time day for school-age children if you are working or going to school five (5) or more hours during the day and your child is in the provider’s care during that time through June 30, 2021. This includes time that the child is participating in their school’s distance learning activities while in the provider’s care. CCAP will not pay any additional fees to the provider for assisting with school activities, or any other fees beyond the approved daily rate for care. Parents should notify their provider and the CCR&R of any changes in their child‘s care arrangement due to school schedules. We will review data during October to determine if adjustments to this process are needed.
80% Attendance Rule
11/6/2020: The 80% payment rule was revised to 50% effective July 1, 2020. Licensed and license-exempt centers and licensed home providers were paid for all approved days of care if children attend at least 50% of the days. The 50% Rule has been extended through June 30, 2021. Providers may request a waiver through the Illinois Department of Human Services if attendance falls below 50% or if the program is forced to close due to COVID related reasons. More information on requesting an attendance exemption can be found in the IDHS CCAP Policy Manual.
Changes reviewed in the above memo include:
- Income Eligibility/Co-Payments
- Priority Essential Workers
- 90-Day Grace Period
- Parent Signatures on Certificates
- Enrollment Attendance & Payment Policies
- Child Care Restoration Grants
Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development Website: Up to date information from OECD regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, news, and updates from state agencies.