FAQ'S COVID-19: CHILD CARE AND POSSIBLE MANDATED CLOSURES

This page will be used as a resource to update providers during the COVID-19 pandemic and possible mandated closures to child care centers.  We will update this page as we receive information from state partners. 

Questions & Answers

Per DCC Email 3/30/2020 3:00 PM

Yes.  All licensed, certified, and registered child care programs shutdown by close of business on Friday, March 20, 2020, until further notice. This includes all child care centers and family child care homes. All Kentucky All STARS rating visits and DRCC annual licensing visits are canceled until further notice. This is on the advisement of Governor Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Public Health in response to protecting Kentuckians from exposure to the coronavirus.

Per DCC Email 3/30/2020 3:00 PM

There have been a lot of questions from parents about whether or not a center has the right to charge tuition when they are closed.  This is a small business decision, and it is not regulated by the Division of Child Care.  Many centers have policies stating that tuition will still be charged on snow days or school breaks.  Some centers may need to continue to charge in order to pay their lease payment or utilities or to even reopen when the State of Emergency is lifted.  If a parent does not agree with this policy, then they have the option to decide if the center is the best fit for the family.  Charging the typical rate of tuition during closure does not constitute price gouging.  Now, if a child care center begins to increase their rates during the crisis, that may need to be looked at concerning price gouging.  The Division of Child Care has discussed this matter with the Office of the Attorney General, and they agree with our perspective.

Information on unemployment benefits can be found at https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Additional information can be found at https://kcc.ky.gov/career/If-you-are-Unemployed/Pages/default.aspx

On March 16, 2020, Governor Andy Beshear announced he will waive the one week wait period to receive benefits.  Read article here

Response from Division of Child Care on 3/16/2020 at 12:55 pm. 

The Division of Child Care has asked the national Office of Child Care for an amendment to our state plan to allow Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) funding for CCAP eligible families based on enrollment and NOT on attendance. This request would last through the State of Emergency and be in place regardless if your center is open or closed. We have also asked for an amendment for the Division of Child Care to cover the cost of parent co-payments during the State of Emergency to ensure financial security for centers and for families. Please remember to use the billing code 45 for emergencies.

Per DCC Email 3/30/2020 3:00 PM

Many of the DCC employees will now be working from home in order to prevent the spread of the virus.  The best way to contact the Division of Child Care, until further notice, is to directly email the person that you need to speak with or to utilize of the specific emails like the CCAP inbox (CCAPProviderPayments@ky.gov) or the Regulation inbox (childcare.regulation@ky.gov).   Providers that want to be added to the DCC Listserv can email DCCListServ@ky.gov and leave their first name, last name, and email address in order to be added to our communication moving forward.

Visit the Office of Inspector General’s website for information on applying, new guidelines, etc.  

Staff can visit Benefind to apply for other state benefits: 

    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – helps individuals and families stretch their food budget and buy healthy foods.

SNAP Overview

  • Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP) – provides cash assistance to families with children to help pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, and other household expenses.
  • Medicaid – offers assistance to help cover costs for needed medical care including preventive health care.
  • Kentucky Integrated Health Insurance Premium Payments Program (KI-HIPP) – offers employees reimbursement for premiums paid for employer sponsored health insurance, including Retiree Health/COBRA/United Mine Workers Insurance, if found cost-effective to the Commonwealth.

This is a center approved to provide temporary emergency child care to employees of a healthcare entity, First Responders (Law Enforcement, EMS, and Fire Departments), Corrections Officers, and DCBS Workers.

Read more Frequently Asked Questions here regarding Limited Duration Facilities.  

This is a list that a changes based on the ongoing needs of health care facilities.  List can be found on the Office of Inspector General COVID-19 website.

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