As of Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 8:00pm by Executive Order and by declaration of the Cabinet Secretary, of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, The State of West Virginia must cease providing care for children of parents working in jobs deemed non-essential.
However, the need for child care remains a critical piece of the COVID-19 response and it is the goal of WV DHHR, Bureau for Children and Families (BCF), Division of Early Care and Education (ECE) to make every attempt to provide child care services for the COVID -19 essential workers. To provide for that need, registration as a Critical Care Child Care site, is available.
All interested licensed and certified child care programs across West Virginia, as well as those agencies who wish to provide care on site to their employees of essential workers must review and complete the health and safety checklist and submit the registration form and checklist cover page via email at ECEProviders@wv.gov.
Any person who meets the definition of an essential worker will qualify for child care assistance. Essential workers shall contact their local Child Care Resource and Referral agency to apply. If found eligible the CCR&R case manager will issue a regular 12-month Child Care Certificate.
Child care providers caring for the child(ren) of an essential worker will be paid Tier III rates. This enhanced rate will be paid as long as funding is available. Child care providers who are granted Tier III status during this crisis will revert to their original Tier status once the crisis has passed.
Providers Approved as Critical Child Care Sites
The Registered Critical Child Care Sites list is updated weekdays at 3:00pm. The child care providers available on this list have registered and been approved as Temporary Critical Child Care sites. Should you need additional assistance in locating child care in your area, the Child Care Resource and Referral agency in your area can provide assistance.
Registration forms to become a Temporary Critical Care Site may be found below:
Critical Child Care Memo
Checklist for Temporary Critical Child Care
Directions for Critical Care Registration
Registration Form for Critical Child Care
WV DHHR W9 7 2007
COVID-19 Testing Information for child care providers can be found here and below:
Child Care Center Testing Executive Order
Memo Regargding Child Care COVID Testing
CDC Guidelines, signature form and checklist for child care providers can be found here and below:
CDC Child Care Guidance
Polices and Procedures Verification Form
Checklist- General Preparedness and Planning
COVID-19 Outbreaks in Childcare Guidance