Announcement 20 #15, Changes to Policy Regarding Parents/Caretakers Caring for Their Own Children in a Child Care Setting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Bureau of Policy and Professional Development, has released Announcement 20 #15, Changes to Policy Regarding Parents/Caretakers Caring for Their Own Children in a Child Care Setting During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This Announcement explains changes to the policy regarding parents/caretakers caring for their own children in a child care setting during the COVID-19 pandemic-related Proclamation of Disaster Emergency.
For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic-related Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, the current policy will be revised to allow for parents/caretakers to provide care for their own children in a child care facility. The revised policy allows a parent/caretaker who is a teacher, assistant teacher or aide in a classroom, at the same child care facility where their children are enrolled, to have their children in their classroom. This allows the parent/caretaker to receive subsidized child care payment for their children as long as there is another paid teacher, assistant teacher or aide present in the classroom for the majority of the day. In addition, there must be at least one other child in the classroom, that is not the child of the parent/caretaker, for which the parent/caretaker is caring for.