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COVID-19 Resources for Providers

Child care providers are vitally important for keeping Kansas families and communities working. Here are important resources to help your child care business during these challenging times.

Many of the following programs were established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Financial Stability

“I need help paying my staff and other bills.”

“I need help paying for food for the children in my care.”

“I don’t know if I or my staff qualify for unemployment.”

“How does COVID-19 impact licensing requirements?”

Health & Safety

“I need the latest updates on health and safety guidelines.”

“How do I talk to my children about COVID-19?”

“I need help dealing with the stress of COVID-19.”

“I need help finding and paying for supplies.”

Supporting Learning

“I am teaching different ages than I am used to. How can I best serve them?”

Financial Stability

“I need help paying my staff and other bills.”

Even in the best of times, owning a business can be stressful. You may be juggling financial concerns on top of your own family needs. The good news is that relief and recovery options are out there, and more are on the way. Explore your options below.

 

  • Kansas Hero Relief Program: The Kansas Hero Relief Program grants provide support to licensed child care centers and family child care programs impacted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Relief Options:You may consider applying for more than one of these options in combination with other state options. However, employers cannot “double dip” and cover payroll with both PPP and EIDL for the same employees. Visit the SBA Coronavirus Relief Options webpage for an overview of available options. Please note the Payroll Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Load Advance are no longer accepting new applications. Quality, free counseling from local community partners may be available in your area to help you navigate your options. Additionally, some small businesses may be eligible for cancellation or postponement of debts during COVID-19. 
  • Unemployment Benefits: If you have had to cut-back hours or furlough employees, and can no longer cover pay with SBA options, you may consider helping your staff apply for UI benefits from the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL). To learn more, click here.

“I need help paying for food for the children in my care.”

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program administered through the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) that provides reimbursement for healthful meals and snacks.

For more information, visit the CACFP website or contact KSDE Child Nutrition & Wellness at 785-296-2276.

“I don’t know if I or my staff qualify for unemployment.”

If you are not working or working reduced hours due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.  To learn whether you qualify for unemployment insurance benefits and other helpful information, review these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

To begin the process of filing for unemployment insurance benefits, click here.

“How does COVID-19 impact licensing requirements?"

You may be wondering how to maintain certain licensing requirements during this challenging time. KDHE has created a toolkit to help answer questions or concerns you may have regarding licensing updates related to COVID-19. They are continually updating guidance.

For the latest information regarding child care licensing, visit KDHE’s COVID-19 Child Care and Foster Care Toolkit.

To help the state have the latest information to support families in need of care:

  • If you have had to temporarily close your child care program, please take a moment to report the closure by following this link.
  • If you have recently reopened your child care program, please take a moment to report the reopening by following this link.

Health & Safety

“I need the latest updates on health and safety guidelines.”

With all the information being shared, it can be hard to keep up. Luckily, KDHE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working to compile the latest information for you on how to keep your program safe for the children and families you serve.

“How do I talk to children about COVID-19?”

This is a stressful time for adults, as well as children. Talking with them about crises can be challenging. Below are a few resources that may help explain, in developmentally-appropriate terms, what is happening in the world right now.

  • Talking with Children about Coronavirus: This resource from the CDC can help you as you try to explain COVID-19 to the children in your care. It may also be a good resource to share with your families.
  • The Power of Storytelling: This resource shares how you can help your children process all of the uncertainty and change happening around them through telling stories.
  • Sesame Street in Communities: These bilingual resources can help address the developmental, physical, and emotional needs of the children in your care.
  • HealthyChildren.org: These resources cover everything from tips for making masks for children to developmentally-appropriate activities to keep the children in your care occupied and learning.

“I need help dealing with the stress of COVID-19.”

The uncertainty and changes during this time can cause a lot of stress. Providers are experiencing new realities and self-care can often be the last thing on the to-do list. Self-care is critical for those taking care of others. Below are some practical self-care tips you can start today and share with your families!

  • If you or someone you care about is feeling overwhelmed, or you feel like you want to harm yourself or others, please:
    • Call 9-1-1.
    • Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
    • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (TTY 1-800-787-3224) or visit TheHotline.org.
  • For CDC recommendations on how to managing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
  • How to Support Children (and Yourself) During COVID-19: This guided resource can help you find ways to support the emotional and physical wellbeing of your family during this time.

“I need help with finding and paying for supplies.”

Visiting grocery stores with empty shelves has become a new reality for many. Child care centers have strict regulations of necessary supplies and it can be challenging to find many of them in stock right now. Below are some resources that may help with finding necessary resources.

Supporting Learning

“I am teaching different ages than I am used to. How can I best serve them?.”

We are all having to adapt to these new circumstances, but we aren’t doing it alone. Stretching beyond our comfort zones can be hard, but these resources may help you feel more confident in these new circumstances.

 

  • HealthyChildren.org: These resources cover everything from tips for making masks for children to developmentally-appropriate activities to keep the children in your care occupied and learning.
  • Sesame Street in Communities: These bilingual resources can help address the developmental, physical, and emotional needs of the children in your care.
  • How to Support Children (and Yourself) During COVID-19: This guided resource can help you support the emotional and physical wellbeing of the children in your care as well as your own wellbeing.
  • The Power of Storytelling: This resource shares how you can help your children process all of the uncertainty and change happening around them through telling stories.
  • Kansas Enrichment Network: This resource hub can help you find and plan engaging STEAM activities for the youth in your care as well as ideas for how to involve parents in their learning.
  • Vroom: These resources include tips and fun activities that help boost brain-building in young children.
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