(updated March 31, 2020)

Federal Information
Updates and resources at the federal level for the Early Learning community.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act: Implications for California
(Update 3/27/20) President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, which provides economic support in order to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This $2 trillion stimulus package will provide financial assistance to both individuals and childcare businesses. Early Edge California’s new summary breaks down what the package means for individuals, small business owners and self-employed workers, and businesses.

COVID-19 National Paid Family Leave Resources

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Funds: Recovery Flexibility
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released materials to help Lead Agencies understand the flexibilities in the CCDF law as they try to help meet the needs of families and communities in response to the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Click here to access ACF’s full memo on CCDF flexibility during state or federal emergencies. 
  • In addition, ACF has released a letter with updated resources and information about administrative relief strategies, as well as a list of FAQs about CCDF and COVID-19. 

National Early Learning Partners and Organizations: Joint Letter to ACF
National partners and organizations recently wrote a letter to ACF seeking CCDF and state flexibility.

Special Federal Approval to Feed Students
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave the California Department of Education (CDE) a special waiver that will enable California districts to feed students during Coronavirus-related closures.

COVID-19 Resources from NIEER
Information for various stakeholders working together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

NAEYC Childcare Guidance
Recommendations for states; The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) prepared guidance about to support the childcare community in states that have closed schools.