(KNOE) - The State of Louisiana has opened up a program to help essential workers get subsidized child care in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to the La. Dept. of Education, the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) will be made available to essential critical infrastructure personnel.
They say families can apply for subsidized care for children age 12 and under at licensed childcare centers participating in the program or through registered and certified family childcare and in-home providers.
A proclamation by Gov. John Bel Edwards closed all schools to students through at least April 13, 2020. It did not include childcare and early learning centers, though it advised them to keep them to groups of 10 or fewer, including the adults.
"If you can keep your children at home, please do so," said Acting State Superintendent Beth Scioneaux. "But we must ensure affordable access to childcare for those who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response effort. Opening CCAP to critical personnel is necessary and important as we fight the spread of COVID-19."
Essential critical infrastructure workers belong to the following industries:
- Health Care/Public Health
- Law Enforcement, Public Safety, First Responders
- Food and Agriculture
- Energy (electrical industry, petroleum, natural and propane gas workers)
- Waste and Wastewater
- Transportation and Logistics
- Public Works
- Communications and Information Technology
- Other Community-Based Government
- Critical Manufacturing
- Hazardous Materials
Interested families must complete the CCAP Pandemic Protective Services Crisis Application. Upon approval, initial certification will be valid for 30 days. If the public health crisis continues beyond 30 days, the LDOE will reassess applications.