At this unprecedented time, child care is one of the essential resources needed for families to continue to live their lives, work and search for a job for those who lost employment and in dire need of employment. This page provide resource your staff and customers can turn to learn about current state and changes in childcare  system due to COVID-19.

Department of Human Services (DHS)

The Department  of Human Services has made the following changes to child care assistance to help support families and childcare providers during the state of emergency related to the virus that causes COVID-19.

The ERDC program can assist families with the cost of registration fees, including annual enrollment fees, application fees, and initial registration fees. Interested families can contact their local DHS office to see if they are eligible.

The following updates have been made in response to Covid-19:

  • Beginning March 16 ,2020 and for the duration of the Governor’s declared state of emergency period the family copay has been reduced to $0.00.
  • The income for initial eligibility has been increased.
  • Emergency billing for temporary closed facilities has been implemented.
  • Expanded the absent day policy.
  • Providers can bill DHS for short-term closures through April 2020.
  • Cancelled the fingerprint requirement for new providers.
  • Increased time frames for required provider training.

Early Learning Division

The Early Learning Division (ELD) is committed to supporting child care providers while also increasing the availability of healthy and safe care for children of Essential Workers. Families for whom childcare is not absolutely necessary should keep their children at home. As long as families continue to work, children need safe places to go.

Temporary Changes to Child Care Rules in Response to Covid-19 State of Emergency:

Family Forward Oregon – Child Care Advocacy Resources

Action Alert / Email Blast

This action alert asks families and providers to send an email to your state and federal lawmaker. Link to Action Page | Link to Email Template 

Provider Webinar

Family Forward hosted a webinar for child care providers on financial assistance from federal stimulus packages (UI, Paid Leave, paycheck protection, small business loans).  Webinar Recording | Webinar Slides

Policy Letter

On March 27, Family Forward Action, in partnership with many organizations, drafted a letter to state and federal lawmakers calling for immediate relief to Oregon’s child care providers and families they serve.

Additional Resources for Childcare Providers

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Please contact our subject matter expert on Childcare resources, Victoria Libov.

Updated on April 9, 2020

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