The COVID-19 Pandemic Child Care Payment Assistance program is designed to help support essential workers so they can stay on the job during the COVID-19 emergency. Through payment assistance and a network of temporary care locations, parents who work in specific occupations can access child care at no cost, during the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency until December 31, 2020.
This Child Care Payment Assistance Program makes payments directly to the child care provider. Families can access this benefit at child care programs who are licensed by the Department of Human Services or regulated by the Department of Education and are participating in the Child Care Certificate Program. The Department of Human Services will facilitate participation for providers not currently in the program.