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HEALTH Resources for Providers
Health Resources to Help Your Parents
PCCY’s Helpline is available to help you and your children get access to health insurance. For help in any language, call: 215-563-5848 x17. All of the materials below are available in multiple languages here.
- PCCY Multi-language Health Insurance Flyer
- PCCY Helps with Insuring Kids During COVID Crisis
- Children and Adults Will Not Lose Medicaid Coverage During COVID
- If You Pay a CHIP Premium, You Need To Call Your Health Plan
- Free COVID-10 Testing and Treatment for Kids and Adults on Medicaid and CHIP
- Find Safe Health Care Sites for Immigrants
- Additional Telephone Insurance Helplines in Southeast PA
To find these health resources in other languages, click here
- Temporarily added products now eligible for WIC
- Delaware County – EWIC Loading Station Information
- Philadelphia WIC – NORTH Inc Memo Regarding WIC
EARLY CARE & CHILD CARE Resources
REOPENING Doors to Child Care Safely
To help child care providers and stakeholders think through critical areas of meeting COVID-related health guidelines and maintaining safety, please review: FAQ – Reopening doors to Child Care Safety by the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This document reflects emerging evidence that can guide safety protocols and is generated by experts in pediatric primary care, infectious disease, early childhood and child care operations at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. To inform this document, PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has been tracking scientific, medical and policy developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.
FREE Consulting Resources
PCCY is offering early learning and child care program operators free technical assistance in completing federal loan applications (Small Business Administration) earmarked to sustain for-profit and non-profit entities. Some of the federal funds can offer you significant relief in the short term and have extremely generous repayment terms that are intended to ensure you do not bear the full financial burden of the pandemic. PCCY can offer you a 30 minute appointment with our technical experts.
To help you prepare for these appointments, we suggest you read these documents so you can decide if any or all of these loan opportunities make sense for your child care program.
- Paycheck Protection Loans. The application form is quite simple, but the rules are a bit complicated. Please read this before your Technical Assistance Appointment. The application form can be found here.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to $10,000. This application is also quite simple but the rules are more complicated. Please read this before your appointment. The application form can be found here.
To schedule an appointment with one of our two consultants to get assistance applying for the federal loan funds Click here. If there are no slots available with the first link, please try the other.
We are also offering early learning and child care program operators free technical assistance in understanding the ins and outs of the new employment laws during the COVID-19 national emergency. PCCY can offer you a 30-minute appointment with our technical experts.
- Click here to schedule an appointment to get assistance understanding and applying the new employment laws. To prepare for your session we recommend you read this helpful resource guide created by Jeffrey Campolongo, one of our region’s premier employment lawyers and one of five lawyers working with PCCY to support child care providers during the pandemic.
Are you the recipient of a PPP loan? On May 15th, The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration released the application form and instructions for loan forgiveness. The forgiveness forms, instructions, and worksheets can be downloaded here.
Gov. Wolf: State to Distribute $51 million in CARES Funding to Support Child Care Providers – read the press release.
PCCY continues to identify and share resources for our child care partners in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
NEW: The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to for-profit small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. This is not a first-come, first-served program. There will be multiple rounds of application windows. Application window for the first round of funding is expected to open on June 30th and remain open for 10 business days. Visit: https://www.reinvestment.com/pasmallbusinessgrants/ for the application and additional information.
Below find links to county-specific financial resources available to child care providers.
- Bucks County: https://www.uwbucks.org/covidrecovery/
- Chester County: https://chescocf.org/fund/covid-19/
- Chester County: United Way COVID-19 Response Fund
- Delaware County: www.delcofoundation.org
- Montgomery County: http://www.mcfoundationinc.org/
- Philadelphia County: https://www.phila.gov/programs/philadelphia-covid-19-small-business-relief-fund/
- Greater Philadelphia Area: https://philanthropynetwork.org/covid-19-philanthropic-response-funds-greater-philadelphia
OCDEL Announcement Re: Child Care Works Payment Modifications Due to Impacts related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to download PDF.
Finding Child Care for Essential Workers during COVID-19
Families can find a wealth of information from the state’s one-stop shops for child care called Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs). These 19 centers across the state help families find high-quality child care and also help working families apply for child care subsidies.
Child Care In Crisis: Recommendations for COVID Stimulus
PCCY gathered (virtually) with our partners of Start Strong PA and Pre-K for PA to formulate strategies to sustain Pennsylvania’s early childhood education infrastructure. Read the recommendations below and sign on to our letter urging state legislators to act now!
- Pre-K for PA and Start Strong PA COVID-19 Stimulus Recommendations
- PA Confirms Pre-K/Head Start Programs to be paid throughout crisis: Pre-K Counts and Head Start Programs: COVID-19-related closure and modified program operations (FAQ)
Untangling Unemployment Compensation for Early Childhood Education Providers
The COVID shutdown has devastated PA’s childhood education providers like you. Now you’re facing difficult decisions including how to help your staff navigate the technical world of unemployment compensation. What does it all mean for you? What does it mean for your staff? Click here and listen to Sharon Dietrich, Managing Partner at CLS explain the details, from a conference call we convened on March 19, 2020.
Here are some important documents:
- COVID Resources at a glance
- COVID Employer & Employee Resources (news article)
- How to Apply for UC (ENGLISH)
- How to apply for UC (SPANISH)
- Contacting UC Online
- Explaining the Reason for Separation
- Families First Act – What is included that Impacts Small Business & our Employees
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Implications for Workers Affected by COVID-19
- Paid Leave in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: How Child Care Providers Are Left Behind
Diagnosing the Impact of COVID on the Region’s Child Care and PreK Systems
The Child Care and Early Learning (pre-K) Sector is being hit hard by the virus. Pennsylvania continues to find ways to help families and child care/early learning providers but the challenges are many and require due consideration. PCCY is leading that conversation locally. On Wednesday, March 18, PCCY convened an emergency conference call with over 130 Childcare and pre-K leaders and providers. Early Learning and Child Care Providers are invited to listen in on the discussion here (beginning at the 16-minute mark, after the introductions) to learn what’s happening on the ground and how PCCY and our partners are mobilizing to help providers stay afloat. You can get more details on key state and local decisions impacting child care and pre-K access here
- PHLpreK March 20 UPDATE here
- OCDEL guidance can be found here
- City of Philadelphia information here
- Philadelphia County ELRC #18: Informative bulletins from March 15 and March 17.
- Chester County ELRC #19 info here
Read To Me
READ TO ME is a read aloud book video series presented by PCCY’s Picasso Project. The goal of READ TO ME is to provide children with a curated selection of books for all ages read by caring, experienced adults. We are building a free YouTube “library” of read aloud books to share with children in Philadelphia and across the internet. Videos can be found on our YouTube Page. We are seeking volunteers to create short (~5 minute) videos of themselves reading a favorite children’s book. Books for all ages, in all languages, are welcome. If you would like to participate, send an email to Tim Gibbon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Children’s Education Remains A Top Priority During COVID-19
K-12 education looks much different now then just a few weeks ago. Parents, School Districts and our students are all doing their best to adjust to a new way of learning. PCCY is leading conversations locally to help ensure that our children are not left behind during the COVID19 crisis. With our partners on the PA Schools Work campaign, we are hosting weekly calls around K-12 issues, hearing concerns and trying to connect with answers. If you would like to participate in these discussions, contact email@example.com.
- Estimated State Grants Under the Education Stabilization Fund Included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
ADDITIONAL Resources for your Clients
We know it’s pretty hard to believe but yes, we’ve had reports that some landlords are telling people that they are facing the possibility of eviction. There are a few steps that you can take if you are being threatened with eviction.
- Download and share THIS FLYER with the most up-to-date information and helpful phone numbers. (Additional translations available below).
- There are no legal evictions (and that includes filing) during the covid shutdown while Philadelphia courts are closed through August 31st. See attached handouts in English and Spanish from the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project.
- No legal evictions include tenants who have a verbal agreement to pay rent but don’t have a lease/written agreement. If you have critical questions, contact Community Legal Services at 215-981-3798. David Wengert is a social worker in the housing unit.
- Additional guidance from Community Legal Services is on their website here – https://clsphila.org/housing/housing-utilities-pandemic/
- Councilperson Helen Gyms’ office can help and would like to hear from you if you have been told that you are being evicted – 215-686-3420.
Gig Worker Unemployment Assistance
There’s a new unemployment benefit program created in response to COVID-19 for workers who are not eligible for regular Unemployment Compensation. Resources available in the following languages – click to download: English / Arabic / Mandarin / Portuguese / Russian / Spanish
Discussions with Children’s Health Serving Organizations
Public Citizens for Children and Youth is holding a series of conference calls with Children’s Health and Early Care Provider System Leaders in Southeastern Pennsylvania to identify child-health related challenges, so we can get them resolved and keep kids as healthy as possible during the crisis.
- Click here for a recording of the HEALTH call from Tuesday, April 14, 2020
- Click here for a recording of the HEALTH call from Tuesday, March April 7, 2020
- Click here for a recording of the HEALTH call from Tuesday, March 31, 2020
- Click here for a recording of the HEALTH call from Tuesday, March 24, 2020
- Click here to hear a recording of the ECE Systems call from Friday, March 27, 2020
- Click here to hear a recording of the ECE Systems call from Monday, March 23, 2020.