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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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COVID-19 AND CHILD CARE IN PENNSYLVANIA

CHILD CARE CLOSURES

Governor Tom Wolf announced the Closure of All Businesses That Are Not Life- Sustaining on March 19, 2020, and child care is not considered life-sustaining on the list. Child cares have been asked to remain closed until the Governor lifts the order but child care is still available for life-sustaining personnel.

WAIVER TO PROVIDE CHILD CARE FOR LIFE SUSTAINING PERSONNEL

Governor Wolf recognizes the importance of caring for the children of life-sustaining personnel, which is why the Office of Child Development and Early Learning created the Exemption to Operate During Temporary Closure waiver for child care programs.
To see a list of child care programs operating on a waiver, visit the Department of Human Services’ COVID-19 Resources Child Care Centers Map. Family Child Care Homes and Group Child Care Homes operating in a residence are permitted to remain open without a waiver and operate at their own discretion.

EARLY LEARNING RESOURCE CENTERS (ELRC) CAN HELP!

  • ELRCs can help working families by assisting them in finding open child cares with waivers in your area.
  • ELRCs can assist families with applying for CCW (child care subsidy) or finding other community resources they may need during this time, such as food pantries.
  • Locate your ELRC at www.raiseyourstar.org

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