Helpful resources for some of Georgia's superheroes, family child care providers!
Batman has Robin, Sherlock Holmes has Dr. Watson, we want to be your partner, providing you with information and resources to help you succeed!. We are still pulling these resources together, please check back regularly. The PFCCAG team.
Support to Parents, Children, and FCC Providers
American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) (healthychildren.org) Articles:
Child Mind Institute Articles
Child Care Aware of America (CCAofA) Article: Information for Families on Health and Safety Measures Child Care Programs May Take During COVID-19
Mental Health Awareness and Stress Management Websites
https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/ep/behavioral/anxiety.pdf (Find Your Happy Place)
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning News
IFMA Webinar; How to adjust to working from home
Young Children Vol 75 No 3
Supporting Young Children after Crisis Events Davis J Schoenfeld, Thomas Demaria, Stephanie Easley, and Kara E McGoey
Supporting Anxious Children in the Preschool Classroom, Sierra L Brown, Allison McCobin, Stephanie Easley, and Kara E. McGoey
Preventing Compassion Fatigue: Caring for Yourself, Sarah Erdman, Laura J. Colker, and Elizabeth C Winter
Words Matter: Moving from Trauma-Informed to Asset-Informed Care, Ellen Galinsky
Trauma and Young Children: Teaching Strategies to Support and Empower Children, NAEYC, 2020, Sarah Erdman, Laura J. Colker, and Elizabeth C. Winter
Cerebral Palsy Guide
Cerebral Palsy Guide is a national support organization dedicated to educating individuals and families about cerebral palsy. We strive to provide answers and guidance to ensure that families receive the assistance that they need to help improve their overall quality of life. https://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com/
Provider Healthy Operations
DECAL Interim Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for Child Care Settings Updated May 29, 2020
Get the document here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Articles
Vermont Department of Health, the Vermont Agency of Education, and the Department for Children and Families
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has compiled a list of Georgia companies "that indicate they are producing essential medical supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic." The list includes sources of masks, hand sanitizers, thermometers, etc.
Provider Business Support and Survival
CARES Act Funding Recommendations (new, 1/26/2021)
The CARES Act, as amended on 12-27-20, provides an additional $10 billion for child care financial rescue. DECAL is estimated to receive about $417 million under this Act. The PFCCAG COVID 19 FCC Crisis Management Team and the PFCCAG Board, developed recommendations to DECAL Commissioner Jacobs on how to spend this money to best help Family Child Care Learning Homes. The list of recommendations can be found here.
Resources for FCC Providers Serving School-age Children
In July 2020, PFCCAG conducted a survey of FCC providers in anticipation of a surge in requests for care as schools reopened in the fall. Most respondents were willing to serve school-age children, but some indicated a need or more information on serving this age group and/or a refresher on serving mixed age groups of children. In response to these requests, PFCCAG compiled this resource list.
Note: This publication is current as of 9-7-20. We expect to update it from time to time and will revise this date when that happens. If you would like to suggest a resource, please submit to email@example.com.
What Do You Charge? Rate Considerations, Sliding Fee Schedules, Scholarships, and Discounts: webinar by Tom Copeland, May 21, 2020
To down load the slides from the webinar, click here.
To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.
Federal Funds for Small Businesses
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
What it is: The PPP gives lenders such as banks and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) $349 billion to make loans with less restriction around who’s eligible and what’s forgivable. This is designed to encourage lenders to provide loans that help small businesses make payroll, provide benefits to workers, and make necessary payments, such as utilities, mortgage, and rent. Businesses who qualify can get the lesser of either two and a half months’ worth of eligible payroll costs or $10 million (Ankin, Gump). You’ll need to have your full time equivalent (FTE) levels the same or similar to what it was before the COVID-19 crisis in the eight weeks after you accept this benefit to maximize what’s forgivable. PPP provides a strong incentive for providers to maintain their staff on payroll, as well as the resources to be able to do so even during periods of closure or low enrollment. Keep in mind, PPP loans are forgivable, so you can also apply for SBA Disaster Relief Loans when PPP money runs out. Learn more about the details of the PPP here.
Who qualifies: Sole proprietors, self-employed individuals, nonprofit organizations, for-profit small businesses, and businesses with multiple locations with less than 500 employees per location are eligible to apply.
How to take advantage of this benefit: Small businesses and nonprofits can apply starting April 3, 2020. Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) loan program website to find potential lenders that can offer loans to your center. (BrightWheel, 2020)
The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as: (1) The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs (75% of loan total), and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8-week period after the loan is made; and (2) Employee and compensation levels are maintained. (Treasury Department, 2020).
How can I request loan forgiveness? You can submit a request to the lender that is servicing the loan. The request will include documents that verify the number of full-time equivalent employees and pay rates, as well as the payments on eligible mortgage, lease, and utility obligations. (Treasury Department, 2020).
How much of my loan will be forgiven? You will owe money when your loan is due if you use the loan amount for anything other than payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities payments over the 8 weeks after getting the loan. At least 75% of the loan must be used for payroll costs for the entire amount to be forgiven. (Treasury Department, 2020).
Do I need to first look for other funds before applying to this program? No. The usual SBA requirement that you try to obtain some or all of the loan funds from other sources has been waived. (Treasury Department, 2020).
How large can my loan be? Loans can be for up to two months of your average monthly payroll costs from the last year plus an additional 25% of that amount. (Treasury Department, 2020).
Read updates on this program from the NAFCC https://www.nafcc.org/file/72e8b170-fe58-4e9d-8333-9cdefa6fb02c.
What lenders still have funds available for this loan? If your local bank is no longer able to accept applications, check into PayPal and Square, Inc. (Tom Copland blog)
The Reinvestment Fund is an SBA lender who works specifically with early childhood education programs in southern states including Georgia. (GAEYC resource sharing page.)