DCDEE Memo: October 1, 2020 Important Information Regarding Subsidized Child Care & an Emergency School-Age Program

Please read this communication closely for important information related to September payments for subsidized child care providers and an upcoming Emergency School-Age Program.
 
Subsidy Payments and Parent Fees
Beginning with the September 2020 service month:
 
The North Carolina Division of Child Development & Early Education (DCDEE) will pay subsidized child care providers using the payment process within NC FAST that was used prior to the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Payment for subsidized child care will be calculated based on attendance entered in the NC FAST Provider Portal.
  • Deposits for these payments will begin October 15, 2020, and can take up to 5 business days to clear an individual's bank account.
Parent fees for children birth to age 5 (not in kindergarten) will return to pre-COVID-19 structure.
 
School-age care for full-time remote learning will continue to be paid at 100%.
  • Parents of school-age children will pay the parent fee at the 83% rate.
  • For September, DCDEE will pay the differential in the parent fee between the 83% rate and the 100% rate for those attending for full-time remote learning. This will be a separate payment.
Program Closures due to COVID-19
Although DCDEE is returning to the usual payment cycle, DCDEE understands that many child care facilities will have periods of time in which they are closed or have classrooms that are closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic or there will be subsidized children who are not able to attend a full month due to the need to quarantine. DCDEE will continue to pay subsidized child care providers for days that they are either closed or a child cannot attend due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Detailed instructions on how to record attendance in the NC FAST Provider Portal have been provided through the Provider Portal Email Listserv.

 

Emergency School Age Family Support Program
DCDEE is working to implement an Emergency School-Age Family Support Program for the service months of October and November 2020. Licensed child care facilities and unlicensed community-based organizations (CBO) that are registered with DCDEE are eligible to participate in this program.

 

Families who are eligible for this program must be able to attest that their school-age child is attending a child care facility or CBO for the purposes of remote learning and the family's monthly household income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Payment rates for this short-term program will be a flat rate of $870 for licensed child care centers, $645 for licensed family child care homes, and $516 for unlicensed CBOs.
More details about how providers can register and how families can apply for this program will be forthcoming.