Statement from DC Action for Children on OSSE 3/20/20 COVID-19 Guidance
DC Action for Children is grateful for the DC Office of the State Superintendent for Education's (OSSE) action to support child care providers and families in the agency’s most recent guidance on March 20. The measures OSSE has taken will be critical to ensuring that providers are able to remain viable through this crisis and that families who need child care do not lose access due to COVID-19-related barriers. The measures include:
- Co-pays for families receiving subsidized child care are waived, and OSSE will reimburse some providers for the resulting gap in funding
- All absences of individual children will be marked as "excused," meaning children will not lose eligibility for subsidized child care due to absences related to COVID-19
- Eligibility redetermination for families receiving subsidized child care is temporarily suspended. This important measure means that changes to employment status and income will not impact families' eligibility for subsidized care for the duration of the public health emergency.
DC Action continues to work with partners across the District to understand and elevate the needs of providers and families, and to promote public policies that address these needs. We know additional action will be needed to support families and providers - particularly family child care and those providers whose revenue depends on private pay - as this public health emergency continues.
Our updated recommendations and resources we have compiled are on DC Action’s new Monitoring COVID-19 Response page.