Cleaning Supplies and Funds for Child Care Providers
May 8, 2020
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Dear Alameda County Child Care Providers,

The California Department of Education (CDE), Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD) recently announced funds authorized by the Governor and Legislature to provide money to licensed and licensed-exempt child care providers for their purchase of cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, and other supplies to support emergency care during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

This apportionment, in the amount of $50 million, is provided by Section 2 of Senate Bill 89 (Chapter 2, Statutes of 2020 - see details Here and subsequent Update ) to Resource and Referral (R&R) programs, including 4Cs of Alameda County, to support Cleaning Supplies for Childcare Providers (CSCP).

While a specific timeline is still being confirmed, we are working to quickly disperse these funds and cleaning supplied to providers and child care facilities that are currently open or intend to open serving essential workers during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Providers may be either licensed providers (centers and family child care homes) or license-exempt center or home-based providers and are not required to serve children receiving subsidies through 4Cs of Alameda County or any other alternative payment agency. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will receive funding through a separate mechanism and are not eligible to receive CSCP funds from R&Rs.

Providers that are currently closed and do not intend to reopen during the period of the COVID-19 emergency to serve children of essential workers, at-risk populations, and children with disabilities are not eligible to receive the CSCP. Providers that are not open at the time of being awarded CSCP resources must self-certify that they will reopen and provide 4Cs of Alameda County with with the date they expect to open. Additionally, providers can receive the CSCP funds and/or supplies through only one R&R agency at one time unless the R&R has funding and resources left after the first round in which case the R&R may make the resources available again.

The CSCP funds must be used to ensure healthy and safe child care and early learning settings for children. Awards will be allocated to licensed providers based on either the licensed capacity or the number of children served, whichever is larger. If you are a license-exempt provider, capacity is the total number of subsidized children you serve at any single time. 

Awards for CSCP funds shall be made on a first-come first-serve basis and allocated based on the capacity of the child care provider and a per-child funding of $65.89. Funding is to be used for allowable expenses listed below:

  • Cleansers and sanitizers
  • Masks, gloves, and other personal supplies necessary to protect against and reduce the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should not be acquired as it is considered essential medical equipment for healthcare providers.
  • Labor costs associated with additional time for cleaning or cleaning services
  • Supplies including instructional materials necessary to implement social distancing and other reasonable health and safety costs associated with responding to state and local health official COVID-19 guidance.

In addition to these allowable expenses, purchase of other materials to ensure the well-being and education of children who remain at home are allowed.

If you request supplies from 4Cs, all efforts will be made to obtain and distribute supplies, based on provider community need, to child care providers in a timely manner.

If you are a child care provider or facility (licensed or licensed exempt) in Southern Alameda County (serving children in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Unincorporated Alameda County, Union City, Newark and Fremont) fill out 4Cs CSCP Self-Certification Form by Friday, May 15th to submit your CSCP request.

If you care for children in Northern Alameda County (Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Albany), please contact BANANAS.

If you serve children in the Tri-Valley (Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore), please reach out to Hively.

If you have questions, please contact us at info@4c-alameda.org.

Be well,

4Cs of Alameda County Staff

P.S. Visit our website at  https://www.4c-alameda.org/providers/current-providers/covid-19-resources-for-providers for FAQs as they arise and additional information.