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COVID-19 Federal and State Response Update - Shared screen with speaker view
Albert Wat
35:29
Welcome everyone! If you want to ask something, type it in the chat box and we’ll either answer it right away or save it for the Q&A portion of the agenda. Mimi and Albert will be monitoring your questions throughout the webinar.
Albert Wat
36:09
Also, happy birthday to Leanne Barrett! (It was yesterday.)
AmyO
36:39
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Deborah Zysman
37:47
Happy Birthday Leanne!!!
Katy Warren
38:12
Happy birthday, Leanne!
Leanne Barrett
38:29
Thanks everyone!
srobinson
38:39
Happy birthday
Christina DAllesandro
41:05
Will you post the PPT?
Katy Warren
41:32
Not seeing the graphic
Cyndi Soter O'Neil
41:57
Could we get this graphic as a PDF?
Helene Stebbins
41:59
We will share a recording of the call and the slides on the listserv.
Katy Warren
42:37
Nevermind, figured it out.
Bill Jaeger
45:15
Re: the $3.5B in CCDBG, do we have a timeline for when the money will be available for states to spend?
Helene Stebbins
46:56
CLASP estimates for how much states will get: https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/publications/2020/03/2020_3.5billionchildcarecoronaviruspackage.pdf
Albert Wat
47:42
Remember: if you want to ask something, type it in the chat box and we’ll either answer it right away or save it for the Q&A portion of the agenda. Mimi and Albert will be monitoring your questions throughout the webinar.
Helene Stebbins
49:21
Link to Danielle’s slide: https://i.redd.it/7ji35fxrq4p41.png
Ireta Gasner
49:51
re: telehealth, interested in any conversation that may be underway to improve families’ accessibility to technology, including things as basic as minutes on a plan. We’re raising that up for both EI and home visiting.
kscott
50:11
Can anyone speak to IDEA services specifically--in connection to the telehealth conversation and apart from it?
kscott
50:46
In particular, 619 and part C and how head start programs with disabilities services may also be impacted.
eeverett
50:49
If you are a self-employed family home provider and voluntary close your child care program, are you still eligible for UI benefits under the new CARES Act?
Ireta Gasner
51:02
Also can you clarify later which SBA provisions are first come, first served?
Amy O'Leary
53:16
How can we work together to help send the message to providers that help is coming, maybe not enough help right now, and consider that as you make decisions about finances, staffing, closing programs
Danielle Ewen
53:37
The primary loan program from SBA is first come first served. More information to come.
Danielle Ewen
55:23
RE IDEA -- there is tremendous conversation about this and how to meet the legal requirements. The Department of Ed is still trying to figure out how to make this real. We will make sure to share guidance as it comes out.
Christina DAllesandro
55:26
Can we get the link to bill comparison that was onscreen here?
Albert Wat
55:55
Ireta - re: technology capacity: There’s a couple of “internet resources” on the Alliance page - http://earlysuccess.org/covid19-resources-by-topic. But I’m sure there’s more out there.
Danielle Ewen
55:58
For Head Start, staff are still being paid, and have been asked to do what they can to continue to work with families. NHSA has some information on their website...
Helene Stebbins
56:30
FFYF side-by-side: https://www.ffyf.org/details-on-child-care-relief-in-the-senates-covid-19-economic-stimulus-bill/
Danielle Ewen
56:54
We believe that FCC providers who are self-employed and now closed are going to be eligible for UI and for the SBA loans.
Danielle Ewen
57:20
But there is some further discussion going on around FCC. MaryBeth Testa is doing a ton of work to figure that out.
Allison Muhlendorf
59:22
does this mean that an employer with less than 50 employees can voluntarily opt in?
pdrew
59:53
I wonder about non-profits too.
Tammy Walker
01:00:03
can small businesses get reimbursed if they choose to help employees with covered leave?
Benjamin Gies
01:01:04
Can you suggest resources for child care small business owners who wish to apply to the CARES small business loan program?
Danielle Ewen
01:02:26
As soon as we have good resources on SBA loans we will share widely...in the meantime, I recommend looking at the SBA pages and getting familiar with the other kinds of materials and information that are needed for loans--but understand that there will be different paperwork and other requirements.
Tanya
01:04:15
Employers with less than 50 employees are covered, unless they seek an exemption because it will affect the viability of their business to provide the leave
catrionamacdonald
01:04:32
The new SBA loans, with forgiveness of portions of the loans used for certain expenses, will go through banks and credit unions. SBA will issue guidelines regarding reduced paperwork and streamlined applications, but for-profit and non-profit organizations that are interested would be well advised to start reaching out to their financial institutions now and start pulling together the financial information usually needed to obtain a loan.
Bharti Wahi
01:04:58
Yay!
Amy Zaagman
01:05:45
yay! we are excited about the postpartum coverage and aging our population! Any idea “when the emergency will be over” date?
Tanya
01:06:02
For small businesses who will want to seek reimbursement for paid leave/paid sick days - this is what we have from IRS so far - we expect more: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-and-labor-announce-plan-to-implement-coronavirus-related-paid-leave-for-workers-and-tax-credits-for-small-and-midsize-businesses-to-swiftly-recover-the-cost-of-providing-coronavirus
Allison Parish
01:11:37
Florida renegotiated our Medicaid contract to cover virtual home visits at the same rate. They prefer videoconference, but will allow phone, if that is the only option.
Leanne Barrett
01:13:07
RI Governor mandated all public and private health insurers cover telehealth at same rate as in person visits for all kinds of care. She also mandated that telephone only is OK does not need to be video.
melorabalson
01:21:30
Could someone link to the webinars for home visitors that just got referenced?
Albert Wat
01:21:47
Thanks for everyone’s questions and resources. Keep ‘em coming. Mimi and Albert are monitoring the chat box and will try to get as many of them answered as possible during the Q&A portion of the agenda.
Cyndi Soter O'Neil
01:22:43
What was the organization she just mentioned for HV supports?
Albert Wat
01:22:45
iaffp.org - online PD modules for home visitors and other ECE staff
Albert Wat
01:23:17
sorry wrong link. Will get the right one from Catriona ASAP.
Allison Parish
01:23:22
https://institutefsp.org/
Albert Wat
01:24:07
Thanks, Allison!
Ireta Gasner
01:24:29
could that info about data access be share with us as well so we can help push it out in states?
catrionamacdonald
01:25:38
Webinars for home visitors will be posted at InstituteFSP.org as soon as they are available - hopefully early next week!
Christina DAllesandro
01:26:31
Glad to hear about this - do any states have particular language on including vulnerable children in emergency child care as we are moving to only “essential” worker child care?
Katy Warren
01:26:32
Please clarify - are the webinars about how to do zoom, how to do assessment, etc going to be on that institutefsp.org website or is there another more specific link?
Allison Parish
01:26:37
Families have responded very positively to virtual home visiting. Many parents in FL have lost their jobs and are desperate for help meeting basic needs. The home visitors are doing their best to connect them with resources donated by the community. I heard that some are even throwing in condoms with the diapers and formula. Not something I would have thought about, but probably not a bad idea!
Albert Wat
01:27:53
Christina: On our webpage, there is a section on emergency child care. There should be some language there.
Albert Wat
01:28:13
Here’s the Alliance webpage: http://earlysuccess.org/covid19-resources-by-topic
catrionamacdonald
01:28:58
Article on data providers from Consumer Reports:https://www.consumerreports.org/internet-providers/isps-respond-to-coronavirus-raise-speeds-suspend-data-caps-keep-america-connected-pledge/The webinars for home visitors and doing virtual home visits, screenings, etc will be posted on the Institute as soon as they are available.
Bill Jaeger
01:33:53
https://covidchildcarecolorado.com/
Amy O'Leary
01:34:42
Have to jump!
Amy O'Leary
01:34:48
Thanks for all the info
Christina DAllesandro
01:35:10
Can we get a copy of the survey questions?
Albert Wat
01:35:26
Christina: We’ll ask Bill.
Christina DAllesandro
01:35:41
Parents and providers please
Helene Stebbins
01:38:24
The Alliance resource page has survey instruments from NAEYC, NE, TX, LA, and WI. Look for the Surveying ECE Teachers and Programs section. http://earlysuccess.org/covid19-resources-by-topic
Becky Crowe
01:39:32
Bill--thanks for sharing! As part of team Colorado, I'd just add that there have been some particularly complex parts of figuring out how to support the emergency care needs if your staffing is predominantly funded by Head Start. We're working through some of the nuances of that with the other HS/EHS providers in CO. (Becky--Clayton Early Learning)
Jim McKay
01:42:29
Can we do a survey or google form to quantify some of these unmet needs, who is falling through the cracks, as we prep for the 4th legislative package? I am wondering the best way to coordinate that for our advocacy
catrionamacdonald
01:43:01
Yay Rosa DeLauro!
Danielle Ewen
01:43:34
Jim, I think NAEYC may be doing some of that, at least on the provider side. Let's talk about coordinating to be sure to get all providers (fcc and centers) as well as families.
catrionamacdonald
01:43:57
I don’t think the flexibility in the House bill was controversial so much as related to a very small program, in a committee that was fighting hard to secure provisions impacting many more people. Thanks for asking!
Jim McKay
01:45:01
Thanks @Danielle
Albert Wat
01:45:15
Danielle and Jim: I wonder if the tool that Walter Gilliam and his colleagues developed might be helpful too?
Bill Jaeger
01:47:14
Hi -- to Liz’s point, I was reading the federal legislation and wanted to flag flexibility for the new CCDBG appropriation to support providers who do not currently receive CCDBG assistance: “funds appropriated under this heading in this Act shall be available to eligible child care providers under section 658P(6) of the CCDBG Act, even if such providers were not receiving CCDBG assistance prior to the public health emergency as a result of the coronavirus, for the purposes of cleaning and sanitation, and other activities necessary to maintain or resume the operation of programs”
Linda Southward
01:50:06
Please resend the link for the state-by-state amount of funding for the child care block grant Thanks!
Mimi Aledo
01:50:57
CLASP estimates for how much states will get: https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/publications/2020/03/2020_3.5billionchildcarecoronaviruspackage.pdf
Tammy Walker
01:52:23
does anyone have a structure of support that is set-up specifically for child care small business support? we all have Small Business supports, but I’m wondering if anyone is offering businesses advice and support for specifically child care providers?
Bill Jaeger
01:53:19
We are using quality set-aside for our current Emergency Child Care Response. If we have to funnel all emergency child care requests through direct assistance, it will be more cumbersome than propping up emergency child care with quality set-aside or fully flexible funding.
Bill Jaeger
01:54:05
Thanks Danielle and Sarah and team!
Christina Walker
01:54:08
They should agree with you, Danielle! Thank you!
Liz Fraser
01:55:54
We have a lot of religious pre-schools that are concerned they will not be included in loans /grants and support , any guidance?
suer
01:56:50
By waiving the mandate for Quality Set Aside and Infant Toddler Set Aside amounts, we limit the options to get money in the hands of early childhood educators directly…not just as parents using child care. Salary supplement programs use those dollars and could be a ready mechanism to transmit direct payments to the EC workforce.
Danielle Ewen
01:57:14
In the past, religious orgs have been eligible for small business loans during disasters.
Christina Walker
01:57:24
Was an emergency grant program for diapers included in the CARES Act?
Merrill Gay
01:57:49
Does anyone know if a child care center has laid off staff are they excluded from the forgiviable SBA loans if they rehired staff
Danielle Ewen
01:57:58
You can still use the CCDBG funds for grants. You just don't have to use a set percent for quality as in the base law.
catrionamacdonald
01:58:35
The language of the CARES Act does not appear to distinguish between non-profits with religious affiliations and those that have none.
Bharti Wahi
01:59:40
Here in Minnesota, First Children's Finance is providing some T.A. for child care providers and communities regarding business planning. Happy to have an offline conversation, Albert and Mimi about their work.
Linda
02:01:04
We posted an SBA explainer on the Alliance website yesterday. it is on the BPC ECE site and explains the new provisions.
rramirez
02:02:18
https://caimmigrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020_03-COVID19-Information-Resources-for-CA-Immigrants.pdf
Christina Walker
02:02:36
have to jump off - thank you!
rramirez
02:03:17
The link I shared from California immigrants has some of the most comprehensive resources on immigrant rights and resources not sure how up to date the information is with the new federal laws: https://caimmigrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020_03-COVID19-Information-Resources-for-CA-Immigrants.pdf
alison.may
02:05:12
thank you!
Cassie Barber
02:05:18
this was great. Thanks so much!