DCDEE Memo: Updates Regarding April Attendance Submission, the Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program, Bonus Payments for Child Care Teachers and Staff, and New Operational Grants

The Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) would like to share some important updates related to April attendance submission, the Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program, Bonus Payments for Child Care Teachers and Staff, and new Operational Grants.
 
Attendance for April 
The deadline for providers to submit attendance for emergency subsidy children and teachers/staff bonuses for April services was 9:00PM on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. The portal closed last night and payments for April attendance are currently being processed, which are scheduled to be issued on Friday, May 15, 2020. As a reminder, depending on your financial institution, it may take up to 5 business days to process the payment. 
 
It is our understanding that some providers did not previously accept subsidy vouchers and are in the process of completing all steps required for enrollment and setting up direct deposit to receive payment for emergency child care and staff bonuses. Given the extenuating circumstances, the Emergency Subsidy Provider Portal will be available to these providers after the May 5, 2020, deadline so they can record their attendance for children and staff for April. Providers who submit April attendance for children and staff after May 5, 2020, will receive payment for April services during the next payment cycle for emergency child care , which begins June 12, 2020. 
 
If there are questions about this process or need assistance, please contact the DCDEE Subsidy Services Section (919-814-6380) or the NC FAST Provider Help Desk (919-813-5460).
 
Emergency Subsidy Program
On May 5, 2020, Governor Cooper issued North Carolina's Stay At Home Executive Order 138, which transitions the state to Phase 1 of slowly easing COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order 138 goes into effect on Friday, May 8, 2020, at 5:00PM.  Given that Executive Order 138 removes the "essential business" designation, and more businesses can now reopen, providers may enroll new children in the Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program ONLY through Friday, May 8th at 5:00PM.
 
You will continue to receive emergency subsidy payments for May for all children who are enrolled in the Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program as of Friday, May 8, 2020, at 5:00PM. You will submit attendance for May the same way you did for April.
 
The Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program will end on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11:59PM. Please inform families attending your facility as soon as possible that the Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program will no longer be available be available beginning June 1, 2020.
 
Bonus Payments for Child Care Teachers and Staff 
Bonus payments will be issued for child care teachers and staff for May for programs that are currently open, as well as, those that reopen in May. You will also continue to receive a 10% payment on top of the bonus payments for May which can be used to cover payroll taxes and other administrative costs. For more information about how bonus payments work, please see the Payment Policy.
 
Operational Grants -- More Information Forthcoming
DCDEE is also working to provide additional operational grant funding to open providers and will provide more information by early next week.