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Louisiana extends child care assistance program for critical personnel

4 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Tuesday, April 28 2020 Apr 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 9:38 AM April 28, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - On Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Education announced the extension of a program that supplies essential workers with financial assistance meant to cover the cost of child care throughout the pandemic.

The extension guarantees the program will continue for an additional 30 days. 

The extension applies to families already receiving services, as well as to families who continue to seek services. 

On Tuesday, the Department also announced it would continue to pay child care providers who participate in the CCAP based on the number of children enrolled, not the number of children attending each day, through the month of May to help offset the financial impacts of the public health crisis. 

According to a recent report from the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, 78 percent of child care providers have lost revenue, totaling at least $1.7 million so far. 

The Governor's emergency proclamations to close school facilities to students have not included child care and early learning centers. 

Early learning centers continue to make individual decisions about whether to close their businesses. 

To date, 69 percent have closed. Those that have chosen to remain open have been advised to follow health and safety guidance from the Governor's Office and public health officials, including limiting group sizes to 10 or fewer children and adults.

The licensed child care centers and the registered and certified family child care and in-home providers that remain open are primarily serving children of critical personnel. 

At this time, more than 3,700 critical personnel have applied for the CCAP for their children. Of those applications, over 3,800 children have been approved for service. 

Applications will continue to be accepted through the month of May.

In addition to childcare providers and staff, essential critical infrastructure workers in the following industries are eligible:

-Chemical

-Communication and Information Technology

-Critical Manufacturing

-Defense Industrial Base

-Energy (electrical industry, petroleum, natural and propane gas worker)

-Financial Services

-Food and Agriculture 

-Hazardous Material

-Health Care/Public Health

-Law Enforcement, Public Safety, First Responders

-Other Community Based Government

-Public Works

-Transportation and Logistics

-Waste and Wastewater 

Upon approval, initial certification will be valid for 30 days. The Department will reassess applications as it continues to monitor the public health crisis.

Click here for additional information on the program. 

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