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Child Care Program Office Broadcasts

 


September 10, 2021
2020-2021 Market Price Survey Report - Draft CCAP Rate Schedule
Register to attend a Zoom Meeting to review and discuss on 9/14/21 or 9/15/21


Update 09/30/2021

Market Price Survey Informational Zoom meetings provided by the Child Care Program Office, hosted by thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resources and Referral (CCR&R) Network were recently held and recorded, but we are not able to post them publicly at this time. If you are interested in viewing either the September 14th or 15th webinars, you may request recordings by contacting the Child Care Program Office’s Eligibility and Benefits Team at dpaccp@alaska.gov


Update 09/10/2021

The Child Care Program Office (CCPO) is pleased to provide the attached Market Price Survey Report Executive Summary. To view the Market Price Survey and Draft CCAP Rate Schedule, please visit threadalaska.org.

Our last update shared opportunities to meet with Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) to review the report and discuss the draft CCAP Rate Schedule. You’re welcome to join us at one of the Zoom meetings hosted by thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resources and Referral (CCR&R) Network:

Please email our office with any questions for the meeting by September 13th at dpaccp@alaska.gov. CCPO and ISER will attempt to answer these questions during the presentation and provide time for others following the presentation. CCPO and thread will post answers to Frequently Asked Questions on our websites, along with the recordings of the meetings, during the week of September 20, 2021.

Registrants can contact Cassie Hulse at thread with any questions, requests for accommodation, or technical support at 907-265-3100 (Alaska Relay 7-1-1).

Thank you,
Child Care Program Office
Division of Public Assistance
Phone 907-269-4500
Fax 907-269-4536 


September 1, 2021
Child Care System Federal Disaster Relief Funding

Alaska Division of Public Assistance, Child Care Assistance Program
Update 09/01/2021

The Child Care Program Office (CCPO) is pleased to announce that the application for Phase 1 - Child Care Stabilization Grants is now open!

The CCPO is partnering with thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource & Referral Network, to administer the first phase of stabilization grants. Applications are now available on thread’s website.

The CCPO has a goal of full participation from eligible providers during Phase 1 of the Child Care Stabilization Grant. We are pleased that thread will be offering technical assistance for providers during the grant application and award process. Please refer to thread’s application help page for helpful resources including instructional videos, frequently asked questions, and more. Questions can be emailed to covidrelief@threadalaska.org.

Thank you for your continued commitment to Alaska’s children and families.

For further questions about this broadcast, please contact the CCPO by phone 907-269-4500, fax 907-269-4536, or email ccpo@alaska.gov.

Accommodation available upon request. TDD/Alaska Relay 7-1-1.


 

August 27, 2021
Child Care System Federal Disaster Relief Funding

Alaska Division of Public Assistance, Child Care Assistance Program
Update 08/27/2021

The Child Care Program Office (CCPO) is pleased to provide advance notice that Phase 1 - Child Care Stabilization Grants will open in the first week of September 2021. Although we anticipated that grants would be available sooner, the department is still recovering from a cyberattack this spring which limited access to our online systems and information.* The CCPO is partnering with thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource & Referral Network, to administer the first phase of stabilization grants. Applications will be available on thread’s website at www.threadalaska.org. An overview of the eligibility and application process follows for this disaster relief funding opportunity.

As you may recall from previous updates, the division and CCPO have been active in planning the use of federal stimulus funding received through the Coronavirus Relief Response and Relief Act and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Under ARPA, the division received approximately $73 million, of which $45 million is set aside for child care provider stabilization to support expenses related to COVID-19, including operational, personnel, supplies and equipment, technology, mental health supports, and other items.

The child care stabilization grant process will include multiple grant opportunities for providers. Phase 1 awards $5 million to providers to maintain operations at a safe/desired capacity during the pandemic. Results from the first phase will provide a baseline for subsequent phases for longer-term stabilization, and the CCPO will monitor data such as the frequency and amount of payments, etc. Notably, stabilization grants do not require repayment from providers.

The CCPO has a goal of full participation from eligible providers during Phase 1. We are pleased that thread will be available to offer technical assistance for providers during the grant application and award process. Applicants may consider the following:

  • Eligibility is based on federal guidelines and is for providers that:
    • (1) are licensed child care providers who are open or temporarily closed due to COVID-19 and planning to reopen OR
    • (2) are approved (Relative or In-Home) child care providers on or before March 11, 2021 and still approved at the time of application.
  • Amount awarded in Phase 1 will range from $5,500 to $11,500, and are based on provider licensed capacity. The goal of this first phase of funding is to provide immediate relief to providers, which will be followed by additional funding to support long-term stabilization.
  • Application: the CCPO has worked with thread to develop an application that is easy to use and meets federal requirements. Program owners or administrators can begin preparing the following information for use on the Phase 1 application:
      • Licensed capacity number and desired capacity number
      • Total monthly program expenses - the sum of all program expenses, including:
        • Mortgage/rent
        • Utilities
        • Personnel (wages, benefits)
        • Insurance
        • Family support
        • Supplies
        • Food
        • Materials
      • Intended use of stabilization funding
      • W-9 - completed and signed irs.gov

Notice of the application start date will be sent in a follow up broadcast. Please refer to thread’s website regularly for updates and information related to this process at www.threadalaska.org.

The Division of Public Assistance appreciates all the care and effort providers are making during this challenging time and will continue to support you as you support children and families. Thank you for your patience and input during the planning phase. We apologize for the delay as we recover from the cyberattack.

For further questions about this broadcast, please contact the CCPO by phone 907-269-4500, fax 907-269-4536, or email ccpo@alaska.gov.

*Please see the department’s August 4, 2021 Press Release and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

August 2, 2021
Market Price Survey Report Update

The Child Care Program Office (CCPO) is updating stakeholders on the status of the Market Price Survey Report that is expected for release within the coming month. We appreciate all the interest and contributions and look forward to sharing information about the report through public meetings in September.


 

July 30, 2021
Child Care Assistance Program and Child Care Grant Program stand-alone forms, the combined workbook and submissions for payment revised for use effective August 1, 2021

The Child Care Program Office (CCPO) has revised the stand-alone CC14 Child Care Grant (CCG) Attendance Report form and instructions. The reason for these changes is that children in Office of Children’s Services (OCS) protective services are now authorized and issued Child Care Assistance benefits in the State’s Child Care Assistance Program system under the PASS category PASS IV.

When completing the CC14 CCG Attendance Report form, child care providers will no longer identify the child as “O” under Authorization Type. Instead, all children receiving PASS I, II, III, and IV Child Care Assistance will be identified as “C” for CCAP authorization. Children under the PASS IV category must also be included on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) CC78 Request for Payment form and CCAP CC79 Amended Request for Payment form. When completing the CC78 or CC79 the child’s name is to be listed as both the parent and child’s name for PASS IV.

Due to the current unavailability of the CCPO’s website, the forms, instructions, and recorded instructional video are not accessible. They will be added to the CCPO’s website when the website is accessible again.

All CCG and CCAP billing forms for PASS I, II, III, and IV, whether you use the combined Excel workbook or manually complete the stand-alone forms, must be submitted to the CCPO in this new format effective August 1, 2021 beginning with the service month of July 2021.

All completed and signed CCG and CCAP forms must be submitted to the CCPO by any of the following:

Fax: 907-269-4536 / Toll Free: 888-224-4536;
Scanned and emailed: ccpo@alaska.gov; or
Mail or in person drop box: 3601 C St. Suite 140 Anchorage, AK 99503