COVID-19 Resource List for Families and Early Educators

Nutrition

  • Texting Tool Available to Access Food for Children: Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.
  • Additionally, No Kid Hungry NC has created a map of local school sites, community organizations, and food assistance programs across North Carolina where families can access food. The interactive map is updated daily.
  • Notice: Many of the facilities we sponsor for CACFP remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enrolled children who are still attending these facilities continue to receive USDA approved meals and snacks.
Child Care
 
  • ALL families are asked to comply with the Governor’s request that they and their children remain at home. 
 
  • North Carolina is instituting the COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Program to provide child care for essential personnel as defined in Executive Order #119 for their children, birth to age 12.  See page 3 Section 2 of https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO119.pdf   
 
  • Child care providers wishing to remain open must register with DCDEE to participate as a COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Provider and commit to:
    • Provide child care for essential personnel or for children who are homeless or in unstable or unsafe living arrangements
    • Comply with updated health guidelines
    • Have adequate staffing
    • Have adequate supplies and resources, including diapers, food, cleaning supplies, etc.
    • File a daily online report of vacancies, staffing and attendance
 
  • Statewide Child Care Emergency Hot Line – 888-600-1685 for essential workers to connect with available child care.
 
  • Partners for Children & Families is working with County and State Emergency Management Systems and key community agencies to assist child care providers to find needed supplies.
 
  • For parents needing subsidies, they may participate in the Essential Worker Child Care Subsidy Program.  Parents must attest that they:
    • earn below 300% of poverty (family of 4 about $78,000)
    • are employed in an essential position
    • do not have available any other option for child care 
NOTE: Child care providers will not have to verify the above.  Additionally, all copays are waived through April and May. 
 
  • Questions about child care subsidy: 1-800-859-0829 or 1-919-814-6300 
 
  • To locate school-age care availability call: 1-800-859-0829

 

Financial and Employee Support Resources

 

A Note from Stuart Mills, Executive Director of Moore County Literacy Council

 

** Please note that Partners for Children & Families is not the point of contact for this program. Please visit the following website for support and details: http://d31hzlhk6di2h5.cloudfront.net/20200327/41/80/83/a4/376d3ee8bd362fa16a3d720b/USChamber_Small_Business_ELA_Loan_Guide.pdf

 

Here is a summary we prepared of the new Paycheck Protection Program:

As you know, the federal government adopted the CARES Act on Friday. The CARES Act includes a new program called the Paycheck Protection Program.

The Paycheck Protection Program provides financial support for non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees.

In order to benefit from the Paycheck Protection Program, non-profits need to borrow funds from a bank authorized by the Small Business Administration. Repayment of the underlying loan is guaranteed by the SBA. Moreover, under the right circumstances, the SBA will repay the lender and foregive the loan after only a few months which effectively makes this a grant program.

The funds borrowed can be used to pay for payroll costs (including payroll taxes and health insurance premiums), rent, utilities and interest on the non-profit’s mortgage.

The maximum amount that can be borrowed is 2.5 x a non-profit’s average monthly payroll costs. There is no requirement for collateral or a personal guarantee. The borrower will be required to make a good faith certification that (i) the uncertainty of the current economic conditions makes necessary the loan request to support ongoing operations, and (ii) the funds will be used to retain workers and maintain payroll or make mortgage payments, lease payments and utility payments.

The SBA will forgive an amount of the loan principal equal to the payroll costs, rent, utility and mortgage interest payments made during the 8 weeks following origination of the loan. Unless the borrow wants to carry long term debt, it would be wise to borrow less than the amount that will be forgiven (i.e., less than the estimated amount of payroll costs, rent, utility and mortgage interest payments for an 8 week period).

The amount forgiven will be reduced to the extent the borrower reduces the number of its employees or reduces the salaries and wages of its employees. Borrowers have until June 30 to rehire employees so as not to fall afoul of this provision.

The interest rate on the loans cannot exceed 4%. The interest expense must be paid and will not be foregiven. However, no interest or other payments will be required for the first 6 months. There will be no prepayment penalties.

The SBA is required to implement the CARES Act with new regulations within 15 days from enactment.

I hope this is helpful.

All the best,

Stuart