To our valued providers
CCR is available to help during this challenging time. Our office is open to the public by appointment. Our Scholarship Eligibility team, Referral Specialist, and Administrative Support team will be in the office. For your safety, we encourage you to reach out by phone, email, fax, and mail. If you would like to drop off paperwork, you can call us upon your arrival or use the drop box in the alley behind our building. When entering the office, adults must wear a mask. CCR staff will wear masks to protect you as well. CCR has disposable masks for customer use.
CCR’s Coaches, Consultants, and CACFP Program Specialist will continue to work remotely during Phase 2 so you can reach them by phone or email. We will not be scheduling site visits or offering fingerprint services during Phase 2 unless instructed to do so. Workshops will continue via Zoom for now unless we are able to offer the workshop outside. Online training is a great option – always at distance and available to you 24/7.
If this changes, we will let you know. We know these changes are uncomfortable, inconvenient, and less friendly than we prefer. We are doing our best to keep you and our staff as safe as possible. Thanks for your patience while the CCR crew has done our best to meet your needs while working from home.
We’ll continue to post updates here and communicate with you via email. If you do not receive our e-newsletter, please email us and ask us to add you to our distribution list.
Communication from the State of Montana
- Governor Bullock’s Emergency Child Care Directive
- March 2020 Message from ECSB – Patty Butler regarding scholarship payments
- April 2020 ECSB Frequently Asked Questions
- June 2020 ECSB Frequently Asked Questions
- June 2020 ECSB FAQ – Scholarship COVID-19 Invoice Backpay — Licensed providers that suspended operations during the pandemic and have reopened, please check this FAQ for details!
CARES Act Grants
Grants to Licensed/Registered Child Care Businesses – The CARES Act includes funding specifically for the child care industry. Grants are available to all licensed/registered child care programs. The application is available here. This document is a fillable Word document. After completing the form please save it as a Word document for fastest screening. If you do not have Word, you may use Google Docs or download a free office suite from http://www.openoffice.org/. This is an open source website that provides free programs. Contact Dylan Griffin for more information at email@example.com.
You may also fill it out by hand and scan or mail it to us as well. CCR team members will screen applications quickly to assure they are complete and forward them daily to the Early Childhood Services Bureau. Processing these application is a state priority, but CCR does not know how soon payments will be sent. If you are unable to access the application, or have other technical difficulties please contact us and we will support you in ensuring your application is completed and submitted.
Other CARES Act Grants – Montana also has grants to businesses, social service nonprofits, and to individuals who are having trouble paying housing costs due to the pandemic. These grants are competitive. Applications open on May 7th. A comprehensive information resource and application portal is available at COVIDRelief.mt.gov. To prepare for the application, businesses and non-profits should have their tax ID, proof of business registration, a brief description of how the grant will be spent, and a brief description of how COVID-19 has impacted their operations. Homeowners and renters should have bank account information available and verification of job or income loss.
Montana has accepted federal CACFP waivers which create flexibility for participating child care facilities. Specifically, facilities participating in CACFP may:
- forego the Montana requirement for a Family Style Meal service effective through June 30, 2020, or upon expiration of the declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier;
- be approved to serve breakfast, lunch, or supper without milk, when emergency conditions prevent an institution or facility from having a normal supply of milk;
- or may be approved to provide service of meals without milk-provided an equivalent of canned, whole dry or fat-free dry milk is used in the preparation of the components of the meal when unable to obtain a supply of milk on a continuing basis.
If your home child care is participating in CCR’s CACFP contact Claudette for more guidance. If you are participating with a different sponsor or the state you must contact them to obtain approval.
New COVID-19 Resources:
- COVID-19 Health Policy Template for child care businesses
- Working with Infants and Toddlers
- Social Emotional Well-being
- Check In / Check Out Protocols
- Disinfecting and Sanitizing
- Mixed Age Groups (for centers)
- Outdoor Activities with Children
- Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Child Care Facility Daily Checklist
- Guidance from the Missoula City/County Heath Department –Health Departments statewide have issued similar guidance
- Centers for Disease Control
- Child Care Aware of America Flowchart on considerations for re-opening child care or transitioning to serving more children
- Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance from American Camp Association and YMCA of the USA
We recently delivered non-contact thermometers to facilities in our region. Here are some additional resources that you might find helpful:
- Calibration Instructions & Quick Start Guide
- Manual of Medical Infrared Thermometer
- YouTube Tutorial
Cloth Face Coverings in Child Care
The Missoula-City County Health Department along with the CDC are encouraging people to wear cloth face coverings when 6 feet of physical distancing is not allowed in a public setting. The Missoula-City County Health Department recommends staff at child care facilities wear cloth face coverings when maintaining a 6 foot distance is not possible. They are not recommending that children wear coverings unless they can wear them appropriately and in accordance with CDC guidance. And remember, wearing a face covering does not replace the need to continue all other health and safety measures.
- Missoula City/County Health Department guidance on face coverings in child care
- Guidance from the CDC and DIY instructions for making cloth face coverings
- Video: Why the New Face Mask Recommendations
- Video: How to Make Your Own Face Covering
- Video: How to Put On and Take Off Cloth Masks
Resource – Social Stories
Business and Financial Support
- Communicate honestly, clearly and often with your families, employees, venders and lenders.
- Review your contract regarding payment and cancellations.
- Unemployment – under the CARES Act, there is no waiting week and there is a $600/week supplemental benefit amount. And, importantly, self employed workers, including child care business owners, are eligible. The Department of Labor unemployment phone is busy and you could be on hold for hours. The website is overtaxed and sometimes problematic. It works best between 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM. Apply here.
- The Small Business Administration has loan programs designed specifically to support businesses during this crisis, including nonprofit businesses. Learn more about these programs:
- More information at the SBA website.
- The Families First Act requires employers to offer paid sick leave in response to the coronavirus. Because most child care businesses employee fewer than 50 people, it is possible to obtain an exemption. Learn more here.
Also, it’s a good time to get some annual training hours:
- Discounted rates on ChildCareTraining.org! currently being offered at half price through June! Please visit the Course Catalog for a full listing.
- Courses via Video Conference – Check out our training calendar to register. Registrants will receive a link to these courses via email. These courses are free through June.
- Child Care Licensing and ECP have approved this online First Aid/CPR certification training from Simple CPR during this crisis.