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COVID-19 Essential Employee Child Care Payment Assistance Program

Source:  Tennessee Dept. of Human Services  https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/covid-19/child-care-services-and-covid-19.html

LSDHH post:  4/20/20

The COVID-19 Essential Employee Child Care Payment Assistance program is designed to help support essential workers so they can stay on the job during the COVID-19 emergency.  Through payment assistance and a network of temporary care locations, parents who work as essential employees can access child care at no cost, during the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency until June 15, 2020.

To be eligible for the program, parents must be employees of a healthcare entity, law enforcement, first responders (EMS, Fire Departments, etc.), corrections officers, military, activated national guard, human and social services workers, postal workers, transportation employees, restaurant workers or grocery workers. There is an application process.

Here is the link to the full press release and the application. Please read over everything so you know the process as you share it.

DHS is also partnering with the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee to establish free child care for school-aged children of essential workers.  Through this partnership, the YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs will establish a network of temporary/emergency child care locations across the state. Essential employees with school aged children who need care will be able to register at these locations and access care at no charge during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Here are the YMCA locations.     Here are the Boys and Girls Club locations.