FSSA's Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning is offering an opportunity for child care providers to apply for assistance if closed due to a confirmed COVID-19 case which requires closure of a classroom or facility. This grant does NOT provide assistance to providers for CCDF/ On My Way Pre-K funded children. Grants are awarded to providers for the purpose of continuing to regularly pay child care staff and maintain operations for the time period of the required COVID-19 closure. Submitting an application is NOT a guarantee of funding.

In order to be eligible, providers must have been temporarily closed for one or multiple of the days covered within the time period of this grant, because of a confirmed COVID-19 case of a staff member or child within the facility. For purposes of this grant, total grant awards will be capped at $40,000.

Documentation Required for Temporary Closure Assistance Grant Approval:

  • If closure is due to positive staff, documentation must be provided of confirmed positive test with name, date and results on form
  • All staff must have approved consent form to work on file with the OECOSL
  • If closure is due to positive child, name of child must be provided and attendance sheets must be submitted showing last date of attendance

Guidance for child cares - What to do when you have a COVID positive (September 8, 2021)
If information provided is found to be incorrect or does not meet eligibility criteria, you may be subject to repayment of grant funds.

Eligibility Update: The Child Care Resource and Referral Network is currently only accepting applications for Indiana CARES About Child Care grants from select child care providers. Any applications received that are not from an invited site will not be awarded.

Indiana’s early care and education providers are the foundation of our state’s economy and thriving communities. To support our state’s providers and ensure Hoosier families have high-quality child care options during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning – in partnership with Indiana’s Child Care Resource & Referral Network – is launching the Indiana CARES About Child Care relief fund. Supported through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, these grants will help providers with safety-related expenses and emergency operating needs.

Grant Details:

Indiana CARES About Child Care grants are designed to reimburse Indiana child care providers with COVID-19 related needs, such as purchasing health- and safety-related materials and supplies, staffing, cleaning services, additional furniture to support social distancing and other needs as outlined in the Allowable Expenses section on the fund website. Grants are also available for emergency expenses deemed necessary to reopen classrooms temporarily shut down due to a positive COVID-19 case. Grant amounts range up to $12,500 based on a provider’s capacity.

Grants will support early care and school-age providers that meet the following eligibility criteria. Eligible nonprofit and for-profit organizations must be:

  • Open and actively serving children ages 0-12 and families. If temporarily closed due to a COVID-19 case, the program must have served children at some point during  the previous 30 days.  
  • An approved CCDF provider
  • A licensed center, family child care home, unlicensed registered ministry or legally licensed exempt providers (LLEP) that are not schools or Head Start/Early Head Start grantees in the state of Indiana, and are in good standing with licensing.

Providers who are experiencing a temporary closure due to a positive COVID-19 case and those with needs unmet by previous COVID-19 relief funding opportunities may be given priority in funding decisions. 

For full eligibility criteria, further details on approved uses of funding and additional information, visit the fund website at  http://brighterfuturesindiana.org/indianacares/ 

Questions? Email cares@brighterfuturesindiana.org or call 765-942-1271.

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