(updated May 28, 2020)

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

New Bill Seeks to Stabilize the Childcare Industry during COVID-19 Crisis
(Update 5/28/20) This week, US Representatives Rosa DeLauro and Bobby Scott, and US Senator Patty Murray along with partnering co-sponsors introduced a bill, the Child Care is Essential Act, to create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund which would provide grant funding to stabilize the childcare industry and assist providers in reopening and operating safely.

According to the bill’s authors, the Child Care is Essential Act would support childcare providers and working families by:

  • Ensuring that the grants adequately support providers’ operating expenses and funding gets to them quickly;
  • Requiring that providers continue to pay their staff;
  • Providing tuition and copayment relief for working families;
  • Promoting health and safety through compliance with public health guidance;
  • Prioritizing providers that serve underserved populations;
  • Ensuring grants are awarded equitably across childcare settings; and
  • Conducting oversight through robust reporting requirements.

Learn more about the Child Care Is Essential Act
Read the full bill text 

This bill would provide critical support to keep childcare running in California and across the country. Find your legislator using the links below to urge them to support the Child Care is Essential Act:

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.