Jane Claire HupmanFCCH/UC Director
March of 2020 was a very trying time for childcare centers and childcare homes in Kentucky. There was a mandatory shutdown for all childcares from March 18th until June 15th. This shutdown not only left parents without childcare, but childcare owners without income and an emotional toll on their staff.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) recently announced that all providers enrolled in the program with our agency would be receiving an emergency reimbursement to help reimburse providers for the payments they missed out on during the shutdown. The amount of each providers payments was based on a percentage of the difference of the CACFP reimbursements of March-June of 2019 and the reimbursements of March-June 2020.
Since childcare centers have reopened there has been many challenges abiding by increased health and sanitation protocols. This reimbursement will help with those burdens, as well as provide a safety net for any other obstacles COVID might throw at them as we enter the winter months. The agency plans to distribute these funds to each provider by the end of the year.