Louisiana extends child care assistance for critical personnel

Louisiana extends child care assistance for critical personnel
(Source: Gage Cureton)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) -The Louisiana Department of Education announced Tuesday it would provide subsidized child care to essential critical infrastructure personnel for an additional 30 days. The extension, which comes a month after the Department opened the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to these workers regardless of income, applies to families already receiving services, as well as to families who continue to seek services.

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.

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.

To date, 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.

As of now, 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.

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