ACF requires child care providers to certify that they will follow certain health and safety guidelines, continue to pay full compensation to staff, and, to the extent possible, provide relief from copayments and tuition for parents struggling to afford child care. The certification section of the survey contains these requirements, which are provided below:
To receive a stabilization grant, I agree to use the funds only for the categories and purposes indicated on this survey and have marked above which categories I plan to fund. I also understand that it is my responsibility to maintain records and other documentation to support the use of funds I receive as well as to document my compliance with the requirements described in A, B, and C.
By signing this attestation, I am certifying that I will meet requirements throughout the period of the subgrant, including the following:
- When open and providing services, I will implement policies in line with guidance and orders from corresponding state, territorial, Tribal, and local authorities and, to the greatest extent possible, implement policies in line with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidance for Child Care Providers and Programs to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of children, providers, and families. If there are differing requirements between the most current CDSS, CDPH, Cal/OSHA, and local health department guidance or health orders, licensees and providers should follow the strictest requirements.
- For each employee (including lead teachers, aides, and any other staff who are employed by the child care provider to work in transportation, food preparation, or other type of service), I must continue paying at least the same amount of weekly wages and maintain the same benefits (such as health insurance and retirement) for the duration of the subgrant. I understand that I may not involuntarily furlough employees from the date of application submission through the duration of the subgrant period.
- I will provide relief from copayments and tuition payments for the families enrolled in the child care program, to the extent possible, and prioritize such relief for families struggling to make either type of payment.