The Chester County Board of Commissioners announced two significant grant programs that will provide financial relief to Chester County families requiring childcare services and to childcare providers that have experienced costs related to COVID-19 protection measures.
Funds totaling $10 million have been approved for childcare subsidies for families throughout Chester County, and $5 million has been apportioned for the county’s childcare provider needs. These funds are managed by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) utilizing Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. Funds for both grant programs are available up to December 30, 2020 and will be awarded while funds last.
Family Childcare Subsidy Program Qualifications/ Guidelines
If you meet the guidelines listed below:
- The information you provide in your application will determine your ranking on the COVID Child Care Subsidy Program prioritization scale. Please answer all questions in the application.
- The County, through the CCIU, will pay your childcare cost. This is called a subsidy payment.
- The subsidy payment goes directly to the childcare program.
NOTE: If you already receive a subsidy through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program, this subsidy can be used to cover your family co-pay.
The annual income for a family to be eligible to receive a subsidy is equal to or less than 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI), based on your family size.
# of People in Family
The following guidelines are in addition to the preliminary income qualification for the COVID Child Care Subsidy Program:
- Must live in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
- Have a child or children who need childcare while you are working (remotely or in-person), attending an education program or are seeking employment.
- Meet income guidelines for your family size.
- Teen parents must attend an education program.
- The child who needs care must be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residency.
- Have proof of identification for each parent or caretaker in the home.
- Children are eligible for care from birth until the day prior to the date of the child’s 13th birthday. Persons with disabilities may be eligible through age 21. Children who are school-age and currently learning remotely or in a hybrid format will be prioritized for the COVID Child Care Subsidy Program.
- The parent/caregiver may choose the provider of his or her choice. The parent/caregiver may choose a childcare center, a small family home day care, a group home day care or even a relative to care for the child(ren).
- The parent/caregiver receiving the subsidy must choose an eligible childcare provider. Relative providers must complete an agreement with the CCIU, must comply with the participation requirements listed in the agreement and must complete CareCheck in order to be eligible to participate in the COVID Child Care Subsidy Program. CareCheck is the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ program that requires background clearances.
- The subsidy covers the time period from your successful application through December 30, 2020, per the funding determination timelines.
Funding Determination Timeline For Families
Applications are located online and can be completed at each family’s convenience. If additional information is required, a follow-up email will be initiated by CCIU staff within 48 hours. At the end of each application period all prioritization scores will be reviewed to determine funding. Families will be notified on or before the date of determination listed below.
Applications will be processed as follows*:
Date of Determination
10/5/2020 – 10/30/2020
On or before 11/4/2020
Payments to childcare or center will be to the date of the successful application, not earlier than 10/5/2020. Payment will continue until 12/30/2020.
11/2/2020 – 11/13/2020
On or before 11/18/2020
Payments to childcare or center will be to the date of the successful application, not earlier than 11/2/2020. Payment will continue until 12/30/2020.
11/16/2020 – 11/30/2020
On or before 12/2/2020
Payments to childcare or center will be to the date of the successful application, not earlier than 11/16/2020. Payment will continue until 12/30/2020.
12/1/2020 – 12/11/2020
On or before 12/16/2020
Payments to childcare or center will be to the date of the successful application, not earlier than 12/1/2020. Payment will continue until 12/30/2020.
12/14/2020 – 12/30/2020
On or before 12/30/2020
Payments to childcare or center will be to the date of the successful application, not earlier than 12/14/2020. Payment will continue until 12/30/2020.
*All funding determination timelines are dependent upon available funding. Submission of your application as soon as possible is highly recommended.
Childcare Provider Expenditures/Guidelines
The application window for the COVID-19 Child Care Provider funds will be available through November 13, 2020. Licensed Child Care Providers are able to submit invoices and proof of payment for PPE materials purchased between March 1, 2020 and October 21, 2020 as long as the materials were not already reimbursed or covered under alternate fund disbursement. Providers may also choose to complete an order form (found on the application) including anticipated PPE required through the end of the year.
- Purchasing of cleaning and sanitizing products that meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Pennsylvania Department of Health criteria for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
- Training and professional development of staff regarding sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases related to mitigating COVID-19 infections.
- Purchasing of personal protective equipment, thermometers, infrared cameras and other items for the purpose of mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
- Modifications of existing areas to effectuate appropriate social distancing and sanitation to ensure the health and safety of students and staff from COVID-19 infection.
- Purchasing educational technology to enable distance learning or internet connectivity services for students to ensure the continuity of education during the COVID-19 disaster emergency.
- Establishment of Virtual Support Learning Centers.