Dear early care and education supporters --

Here is an important announcements from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. We encourage you to read the full announcements below.

Be healthy and safe,
The PennAEYC Team
Announcement ELRC - 20 #13 Updates to the Child Care Works School-Age Blended Rate Payment Policy for the 2020-21 School Year
The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has released the Announcement ELRC - 20 #13, Updates to the Child Care Works School-Age Blended Rate Payment Policy for the 2020-21 School Year. This announcement is to inform child care programs participating in Child Care Works (CCW) and the Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) the blended rate payment policy has been modified for the 2020-21 school year. This policy will take effect on Aug. 31, 2020.

For the 2020-21 school year, the calculation of the blended rate will not change. It will still be based on 25 full-time days and 180 part-time days.

If a child attends a school district where students will not return to school for in-person, five-day-a-week instruction, a child care provider who accepts the blended rate will receive a part-time blended rate for the days the child attends school in-person and attends child care part-time. The provider may receive a full-time payment rate on the days the child is not scheduled to attend school in-person and attends child care full-time.

Paying the part-time blended rate, instead of a part-time rate, will compensate for any days the child was supposed to attend part-time but may need to attend full-time because of a school closure, such as staff in-service days or professional developments, holidays and snow days.

If school districts change how school instruction will be administered throughout the school year, related to COVID-19, the child’s schedule will be updated to reflect the school’s current schedule.

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