DCCECE INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
It is important that you and your staff continue to take steps to limit spreading of illnesses, including:
- Asking staff to stay home while sick and asking families to keep sick children home.
- Cleaning your hands often with either an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, or with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then place the used tissue directly into a no-touch waste bin. If tissues aren’t available, coughing or sneezing into the upper sleeve is OK, but NOT into the hands.
Important Guidance and Information:
- Arkansas Department of Health and Education Hotline (833)-504-0155
- Use this hotline to report COVID-19 exposures and to ask questions
- Child Care Hotline Form - complete this form before calling to report a COVID-19 exposure
- New Child Care Pandemic Requirements 2020
- COVID-19 Child Care Provider FAQs
- Cleaning Guidelines for Non-emergency Transport Vehicles
- Mask Guidance
Short-term Child Care Assistance for Essential Workers
Earlier this year, the Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) shared that federal funds were available to help essential workers pay for child care during the public health emergency. We have reached the limit on available funding. After October 9, 2020, DCCECE will not be able to take new applications for essential worker child care.
If you have applied for assistance but have not been approved yet, your application will be saved in case more funds become available. If you are already getting assistance, it will continue to be available through December 31, 2020.
If you still need help with childcare, you may be eligible for regular child care assistance. Please apply for the regular child care assistance program by visiting our website at www.arkansas.gov/childcare. That application and the sliding fee scale also are included here to help you. If you have more questions, please call the Child Care Assistance Unit at 501-682-8947.
COVID - 19 Voucher Increase:
- Effective March 27, 2020, DCCECE will provide additional funds through the Child Care Development Block Grant for child care facilities that remain open and provide care for CCDF voucher children until further notice. Financial increases to current vouchers include: $10 per infant/toddler, $7.00 per preschool age child, and $5.00 per school age/after school child
- Lump sum payments begin in April and will be dispersed through the Claims process. Attendance records must be provided upon request.
- School age children who are authorized during this period will be changed to full time at the request of the parent.
Child Care Provider Informational Phone Meetings:
To provide you with information about the COVID-19 public health crisis and to answer child care questions, join the informational Zoom meetings occurring every other Tuesday at 10:00 am. October 20th call has been canceled. Please join us for the next call starting the first Tuesday in November.
- Join via phone: 301-715-8592 ID: 959 5436 3354
- Join by computer: Click Here ID: 959 5436 3354
- June 23, 2020 Child Care Call with Dr. Tumilson
- July 7, 2020 Child Care Call with Tim Cain and online Background Check System information
- August 11, 2020 Child Care Call with Janice Carter
- August 25, 2020 Child Care Call with Dr. Tumilson
- September 22, 2020 Child Care Call with Background Check Information
- November 3, 2020 Provider Call with Child Maltreatment Check Information
- December 1, 2020 Child Care Provider Call with COVID Information
Resources and Information:
- FDA Warning About the Dangers of Hand Sanitizers with Methanol
- Child Care Guidance from the Department of Health
- Child Care Guidance from CDC
- Additional Information from the Arkansas Department of Health
- Covid-19 Screening Example
- CCDF Authorized Sign-In Representative Form
- EXAMPLE: Covid-19 Attendance Sheet
- ServSafe Information
- Remittance Report and Billing Review Options
COVID – 19 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:
DHS's Response to COVID-19 for Clients - click for a map and list of open providers
Learning Resources and Tools:
- Resource for Parents
- VROOM App Card for Parents
- VROOM Tip Sheet
- New CDC handwashing video for adults: https://youtu.be/eZw4Ga3jg3E
- New Technique to clean all surfaces video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18qpcSwdRk0
Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) Tools and Resources:
- Arkansas PBS is supporting home-based instruction by providing educational content for three specific grade bands (PK-2, 3-5, 6-8). Click here to learn more.
- Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) programs may utilize the Arkansas AMI guides in place of current AMI plans. Preschool providers are also encouraged to utilize these resources.
- AMI tools and resources for schools, children, and families
- Preschool programs should continue to partner with educational cooperatives and school districts to ensure children, age 3-5 with disabilities continue to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education. Special education guidance documents can be accessed on the DESE COVID-19 website at Considerations for Special Education Instruction.
- For weekly updates to the guides and resources, refer to the ADE Commissioner’s Memo: LS-20-097 http://adecm.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4361
INFORMATION REGARDING USDA WAIVERS:
There are several programs available to help keep the flow of food coming for children in need. Click here and view the COVID – 19 section to learn more.
Health and Nutrition has applied to USDA for a waiver. This waiver would allow for virtual Educational/Enrichment activates. We are waiting on approval from USDA.
BehaviorHelp services are available to assist child care centers virtually by providing support in managing challenging classroom behaviors, as well as the social-emotional well-being of children, families, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. If center directors or staff would like virtual support from a technical assistance provider or mental health consultant, please complete an online BehaviorHelp support request form. Phone, video-conference, or e-mail can be provided.