DCDEE Memo: May 21, 2020 Information on Phase 2 of Reopening North Carolina & Reminders for Child Care Providers Who Are Open or Plan to Reopen

Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina will be moving into Phase 2 of Reopening on Friday, May 22, 2020, at 5:00pm. Phase 2 includes the following elements:
  • The Stay at Home order will be lifted and North Carolina moves to a Safer at Home recommendation, especially for vulnerable populations.
  • Restaurants will be able to reopen to 50% capacity and other requirements.
  • Salons and personal care will be able to reopen to 50% capacity and other requirements.
  • Pools will be able to reopen to 50% capacity and other requirements.
  • Mass gathering limits is updated to no more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors (Note: This limit does not apply to child care settings.)
As outlined in Executive Order 141, child care facilities may open and may serve all children, if they abide by all these requirements:
  • Follow all NCDHHS guidelines, including updated health and safety guidelines and policy and regulatory requirements
  • Follow the core signage, screening, and sanitation requirements
    • Post the Emergency Maximum Occupancy in a noticeable place.
    • Post signage reminding employees about social distancing.
    • Post the updated door signs at your facility (English | Spanish).
    • Conduct a daily health screening on all individuals who are entering the building
    • Immediately isolate all sick workers and children from the rest of the facility and send them home.
    • Have a plan to work with local health departments to identify close contacts of confirmed cases in child care settings.
    • Before reopening, submit a Child Care Reopening Application at least 48 hours before reopening (if no Emergency Child Care Provider Application was previously submitted).
Reminders about Reopening
  • Step by step instructions are available explaining how to submit the Child Care Reopening Application.
  • After submitting a Child Care Reopening Application, your child care consultant will contact you to discuss your plan to meet the health and safety guidelines and will provide you with a health and safety certificate that can be posted in your facility.
  • Providers who are reopening after extended closure should read the health and safety guidelines closely to take appropriate steps.
  • The PowerPoint and the recording for the webinars from last week are available to explain the Child Care Reopening Application, operational grants, and updated health guidance.
  • Open providers should submit the COVID-19 Child Care Provider Survey daily.
  • If you have any questions about reopening, contact your child care consultant.
  • If you have health and safety questions, contact your child care health consultant .
Financial Support for Open Providers

 
Operational grants: The North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) is offering financial support to all licensed child care programs that are open or plan to reopen in May or June. Providers will receive operational grants for April, May, and June for the months they are open to help cover operational and fixed costs for these months during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Operational grants will range from $500 to $30,000 per month for child care centers and range from $359 to $2,500 per month for family child care homes.
  • Programs that were open in April should receive their operational grants this week.
  • Programs that reopen in May or June will receive their operational grants in mid-June or mid-July, respectively.
Emergency Child Care Subsidy Payments: DCDEE will continue to pay emergency child care subsidy payments for May for children who were enrolled as of May 8.
  • Providers should submit May attendance in the Provider Portal by June 5, 2020.
  • Providers who served children of essential workers should make sure to upload each child's parent application into the Provider Portal OR mail the forms to DCDEE by May 25, 2020, in order to receive emergency subsidy payments for May. The mailing address for DCDEE is NC Division of Child Development and Early Education, Subsidy Services Section, 2201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27699-2200.
Bonus Payments for Employees: DCDEE will continue to pay bonus payments for employees who are working on-site for all or part of May. Providers should submit May attendance in the Provider Portal by June 5, 2020.
 
Subsidy Payments and Parent Co-Payments: DCDEE will continue to pay subsidy payments and cover parent co-payments for all providers, regardless of whether they are open or closed for April and May. In June, DCDEE will pay subsidy payments and cover parent co-payments only for open providers.
 
More information about these financial supports is available in the COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policies.