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Posted on: September 10, 2020

Child Care Payment Assistance Program Extended to Dec. 31, 2020

Child Care Payment Assistance Program Extended to December 31, 2020


The COVID-19 Pandemic 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 in specific occupations can access child care at no cost, during the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency until December 31, 2020. This Child Care Payment Assistance Program makes payments directly to the child care provider.  Families can access this benefit at child care programs who are licensed by the Department of Human Services or regulated by the Department of Education and are participating in the Child Care Certificate Program.  The Department of Human Services will facilitate participation for providers not currently in the program. 

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. The Tennessee Department of Human Services has expanded support for workers who are serving their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Visit the TN Dept. of Human Resources site for more information.

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