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Child Care Aware of Virginia COVID-19 Resources

Child Care Aware of Virginia is open and working to support families statewide who must continue to work during COVID-19 (e.g., essential personnel in our hospitals and grocery stores and others whom we depend on at this time) as well as the child care providers who support them.

VA State Agency Guidance for Child Care During COVID-19

Child Care Provider Resources

Parent Resources

  • Need food? School or child care closed and need food for your children? All children under the age of 18 are eligible to pick up food at sites across the state. Families can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 and they will be asked to provide their address so they can receive information about sites nearby. Or, contact 211 or
  • COVID-19 Resources for Parents 24/7 in Multiple Languages (Parenting for Lifelong Health)

Talking About COVID-19 with Children (CDC Suggestions)


Community Resources

  • No Hungry Kids! Coronavirus Grant Request (Offers emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure children get the nutritious food they need). Grant app here!
  • SAMHSA Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (English) (Spanish)
    Sesame Street in Communities (Health Emergencies Web Page and Kids Support) (English) (Spanish)

Webinars that Include a Panel of Experts and Q&A!

  • Briefing on Emergency School Age Child Care and New Federal Stimulus Funding for Child Care (Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, January 21, 2021) Recorded webinar and slides
  • Phase Three Child Care Guidance featuring Jenna Conway, Chief School Readiness Officer; Tracy Walters, Director, Family Care Services, VCU Health Systems; Angela Rouse, Executive Director, Roberta Webb Child Care Center; and Lisa Paine-Wells, Executive Director, Child Care and Learning Center. (July 1, 2020) Webinar recording and Powerpoint slides

Small Business Administration Help

Virginia Department of Health

The SBA Paycheck Protection Program is now closed to new applications.

However, small businesses that obtained a PPP loan are highly encouraged to apply for loan forgiveness (which is required for the loan to become a grant - which does not have to be repaid).

The SBA's online PPP loan forgiveness portal is here.

Need Help Reviewing Business Options?

Virginia Employment Commission

Tax Relief

Unemployment Resources for Child Care Providers

U.S. Department of Labor Guidance

Virginia Employment Commission

  • Job Refusal Form (when a job offer has been extended and refused - after explaining allowable criteria)
  • Job Rehire Form (to let VEC know you have re-hired someone who may have been receiving unemployment compensation)

Short-time Compensation (Work Sharing)

The are many new financing options available to support child care programs. However, it can be confusing to know which path might be the best for you.

The podcasts below help every child care program understand the options available and key questions to consider.

Podcasts from the Committee for Economic Development (CED), April 16, 2020

CDC Recent Guidance

Important Child Care News for Families! 

Virginia is currently helping make child care more affordable for MORE families!  If you have children under age 5 and income up to 85% of the state median, you can get help paying for child care! What is 85% of state median income?  

  • For a family of 2, income at or below $5,040 per month or $60,480 per year
  • For a family of 3, income at or below $6,226 or $74,712 per year
  • For a family of 4, $7,412 per month or $88,944 per year
  • For a family of 5, $8,598 per month or $103,176 per year

Apply online now through the CommonHelp online application!