COVID-19 and Day Care Assistance
Last updated on 05/04/2021 at 8:13 pm
Is any help available for child care?
Yes. You may qualify for free child care assistance without any daily fees. This funding is available because of the CARES Act passed by Congress this spring. The Governor of West Virginia has said that this assistance will continue to be available into 2021.
Who qualifies for assistance?
Any person who meets the definition of an essential worker qualifies. If you are married or living with the parent of your children, both you and your partner must be essential workers.
There are no income limits at this time.
How do I know if I am an essential worker?
In West Virginia, the governor has identified work in these areas as essential:
- Doctor’s offices
- Other medical practices including dental and eye care
- Pharmacies and over-the-counter drug retailers
- Substance use disorder and mental health services
- Home-based health and care providers
- Medical goods suppliers including eyewear and contact lens providers
- Organizations collecting blood, blood products and other needed materials
- Health insurance providers and managed care organizations
- Grocery stores
- Convenience stores
- Take-out and delivery restaurants
- Farmers markets
- Food bank and food pantries
- Take-out and delivery meal services, including school-based Agricultural operations
- Providers of livestock, seafood, baked goods and other food sources Livestock, farming and other agricultural feed and supply businesses
- Hotels and motels
- Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- Residential facilities for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities
- Inpatient mental health and substance use disorder facilities
- Shelters for adults, seniors and children
- Animal shelters, kennels and rescue centers
- Police stations
- Fire stations
- Ambulance services
- 911 and emergency dispatch centers
- Correctional facilities and operations
- Hazardous materials responders
Essential government functions:
- Legislative functions
- Judicial functions
- Programs and services that support essential operations and functions
- Hotlines or helplines, including for Medicaid, SNAP benefits, etc.
- Contracted services in support of government operations
- Child protection and child welfare organizations
- Day care centers and homes
- Social services agencies and organizations
- Gas stations
- Public transit Road, rail and air services
- Shipping and delivery services
- Vehicle rental services
- Taxi and rideshare providers such as Uber and Lyft
- Auto dealers and repair services
- Utilities including water, sewer, and natural gas
- Coal-fired and other means of electrical generation
- Coal mining and production or distribution of other raw materials including oil and natural gas
- Hardware and supply stores
- Businesses that manufacture, produce, prepare, build, store, sell and distribute the materials and facilities needed to respond to this public health emergency
- Building, construction and other trades that support essential infrastructure
- Communications infrastructure and services, including media
- Cyber and other security operations and services
- Flood control and solid waste, recycling and sanitation collection and removal
- Firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers
- Banks and credit unions
- ATM services
- Lending services
- Insurance providers
- Financial support services including appraisers, title companies and underwriters
- Schools and other educational institutions providing distance learning
- Places of worship
- Funeral homes and related services
- Legal, accounting and other professional services
- Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry services
- Outdoor public spaces including parks and trails not specifically closed by executive order
If my spouse or partner is not essential, do I still qualify?
No. If you are married or living with the parent of your children, both you and your partner must be considered essential employees.
Where do I apply for this assistance?
You will need to apply by calling your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. For a map and contact information, visit this website.
There are 6 agencies that cover all 55 counties:
- Child Care Resource Center Catholic Charities West Virginia (Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Tyler, Wetzel, Marion, and Monongalia)
- MountainHeart Community Services North (Preston, Taylor, Barbour, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, Tucker, Pendleton, Grant, Mineral, Hardy, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley, and Jefferson)
- Choices Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (Pleasants, Wood, Wirt, Calhoun, Gilmer, Ritchie, Doddridge, and Harrison)
- Connect Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (Kanawha, Jackson, Roane, and Clay)
- Link Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (Mason, Cabell, Putnam, Wayne, Lincoln, Boone, Mingo, and Logan).
- MountainHeart Community Services South (Braxton, Webster, Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer, Summers Monroe, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas)
What will I need to apply for day care assistance?
You will need to complete an application. You will need the following documentation when you apply for assistance:
- Photo ID
- Proof of Residency (Rental Agreement, Recent Utility Bill, Mortgage or Property tax documentation, Voter’s registration card, unexpired driver’s license, or recent W-2)
- Children’s Birth Certificates
- If a student, a concise student schedule, showing days and times attending class
- If employed, a month’s worth of pay stubs or employment verification
- Verification of other income:
- Child Support Statement from BCSE or Court Order
- Statement of Benefits received from Social Security
- WV Works Award Statement
- Proof of any other income
What safety measures are day cares taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
- Staff are wearing masks
- The children are having their temperatures taken before being allowed in the buildings
- Many day cares are not allowing parents inside of the buildings
- Sick children and staff must stay home
- Day cares have been asked to intensify their cleaning and disinfecting efforts
- Day cares have been asked to use social distancing by keeping the same children in the same group with the same teacher, as much as possible