Essential Employees are Eligible for FREE Child Care

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Building on these existing options, the CARES Act provides additional flexibility for providing direct child care services to essential workers. Lead Agencies may use CARES Act funds to provide child care assistance to health care sector employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers, and other workers deemed essential by public officials during the response to COVID-19, without regard to the income eligibility requirements. Therefore, Lead Agencies may provide CCDF subsidies to essential workers whose income exceeds 85 percent of State median income.

Lead Agencies have the flexibility to define which workers are essential, in accordance with any relevant State, Territorial, and Tribal laws or policies. Lead Agencies should consult with their jurisdiction’s chief executive, and may want to consider:

– Health care and public health workers
– Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders
– Child protective services workers, those who provide services in the child welfare system, and other critical social services workers
– Food and agriculture workers (including grocery store and restaurant workers and food truck delivery drivers)
– Child care workers
– Utility employees
– Water and waste water employees
– Transportation and logistics workers
– Public works employees
– Communications and information technology workers
– Other community-based government operations and essential function employees
– Critical manufacturing workers
– Hazardous materials workers
– Financial services employees
– Chemical workers
– Defense industrial base employees

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