Stabilization and Reopening Fund Q & A
Link to the application is at the bottom of this page.
Have questions not answered on this page? Call 1-844-340-7002 or email CCRR@nebraskachildren.org.
Description of Stabilization Funds:
- Child care stabilization funds are to help relieve some of the providers’ financial burdens caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Funds are intended to provide disaster relief for licensed child care providers who are currently open and providing care.
- Funding is to reimburse child care providers for allowable expenses such as utility payments, facility rent/mortgage payments, staff salaries, cleaning supplies, personal protective gear and supplies to care for children. Receipts or other proof of payment will be required.
- Family Child Care Homes I/II and Private Preschools: $3,500
- Child Care Centers: $5,550
Eligibility - Stabilization Fund:
Providers must be:
- must be open and operating within 30 days of the award.
- a Nebraska Licensed Family Child Care Home I, Family Child Care Home II, Child Care Center, or privately owned Licensed Preschool. (You will need your facility license number to apply.)
- in good standing with DHHS Subsidy and/or Children’s Services Licensing
Description of Incentive to Reopen Child Care Program Funds:
- Incentive to Reopen Child Care Program Funds are intended to support providers with expenses to reopen.
- Funding is provided to reimburse child care providers for allowable expenses such as utility payments, facility rent/mortgage payments, staff salaries, cleaning supplies, personal protective gear and supplies to care for children. Receipts or other proof of payment will be required.
- Family Child Care Homes I/II and Private Preschools: $2,000
- Child Care Centers: $3,000
Eligibility - Reopen Child Care Program Funds
- agree to reopen within 30 days of award.
- be a Nebraska Licensed Family Child Care Home I, Family Child Care Home II, Child Care Center, or Privately owned Licensed Preschool. (will need your facility license number to apply)
- be in good standing with DHHS Subsidy and/or Children’s Services Licensing
THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE APPLICATION LINK FOR BOTH FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES. YOU WILL NEED TO SELECT WHICH OPPORTUNITY YOU ARE APPLYING FOR ON THAT APPLICATION.
Q: Can I apply for both?
A: No, if you own only one child care facility, you are not able to apply for both. Use the listed funds descriptions above to determine which opportunity you qualify for then complete the appropriate application.
B: Yes, if you own multiple child care facilities, you will first need to determine which funding opportunity each facility qualifies for then complete the appropriate application for each facility separately.
Q: When does the application open? How do I apply?
A: Both applications ARE NOW OPEN and will remain open until September 30, 2020.
You can apply online here in English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NECARESActChildCare.
En Espanol: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NECARESActChildCareSpanish
If you do not have access to technology and are unable to apply online, you can call 1-844-340-7002.
Q. If I am not currently open, how much time will I have to be reopen and begin operating my child care?
A. You will need to be open and operating your child care within 30 days of receiving your award letter. For example if you receive your award letter on July 31, 2020 you will need to be open and operating by August 30, 2020."
Q: Am I eligible if I am a Licensed Public Preschool, Head Start/Early Head Start, School age only program?
A: No, you are not eligible to apply even if you are licensed.
Q: How do I find my child care facility license number?
A. Your childcare facility number is located on your license. It will start with letters: FI, FII, PRE, or CCC then a number will follow behind it. You will need to know all the letters and numbers of your license (for example: FI111, FII111, PRE111, CCC111). If you are unable to find your license number on your license you can access your name on the child care roster on the Children’s Services Licensing web page: http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Documents/ChildCareRoster.pdf
Q. There have been several announcements about funding opportunities through CARES Act dollars. What is the difference between these opportunities?
A. Please see the chart below.
Q. Can a provider apply for BOTH the DHHS administered Healthy Places funding opportunity and one of the Nebraska Children administered funding opportunities (Stabilization and Incentive to Reopen)?
A. Yes, providers can apply for BOTH the DHHS administered Healthy Places funds and for one of the Nebraska Children administered funds: Stabilization or Incentive to Reopen fund. For more information regarding the Healthy Places fund, please see this link: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/COVID-19-Community-CARES-Healthy-Places-Grant.aspx or for other questions about the Healthy Places fund, you can call DHHS at (833) 220-0018.
Q: How will DHHS determine “In Good Standing?”
A. DHHS will be using the listed criteria to determine “In Good Standing.” They will be reviewing your current child care license status as well as your compliance with child care subsidy IF you currently have or did have a subsidy contract.
Q: If I my child care license is on probation can I still apply?
A: Yes, per Children’s Services Licensing criteria, you must meet the Probationary Exceptions listed to be determined “in good standing.” However, we still encourage you to apply and allow DHHS to review your License and/or Subsidy standing to make the final determination.
Q: Should I still apply if I am unsure if I am “in good standing?”
A: Yes, we encourage you to apply and allow DHHS make the final determination.
Q: What if my child care license is on Corrective Action Status or I have a Licensing Agreement in place, can I still apply?
A: Yes, Corrective Action Status and Licensing Agreements are negative actions NOT disciplinary actions. However, if a corrective action status or licensing agreement is in place due to an active investigation regarding abuse or neglect, you may not be determined “in good standing.” We encourage you to apply if uncertain and allow DHHS to make the final determination.
Q: Can I apply if I have a Provisional License?
A: Yes, however, if you apply for the Stabilization Funds you must have been issued and operating your Provisional Licensed facility for at least 30 days prior to submitting your application. If you are applying for Reopening Funds, you must have had your Provisional License issued prior to your facility closure due to COVID-19 and must plan to reopen your Provisional License by Sept. 15, 2020.
Q: Will priority be given to certain programs?
A: Priority Points will be given to programs that meet the following criteria:
- Accredited with Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Enrolled in Step Up To Quality. Tasks to apply for Step Up to Quality:
Fill out program info in Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Record System (NECPRS)
Have all program staff create NECPRS accounts
Click “Apply Now”
- Full day/Full year Program: providing care for approximately 36+ hours per week for 12 months
- Providing care in a rural county with child care shortages.
- You have a current DHHS subsidy contract.
- Serving children of essential workers
- Enrolled in the Nebraska Child Care Referral Network
Q. "What can I do to increase my chances of getting funded in the first round of funding?
A. Enroll in Step Up to Quality
Enroll in or update your information about your licensed child care on Nebraska Child Care Referral Network.
Q: If I don’t have any priority points, can I still apply?
A: Yes. Funds will be distributed until gone. DHHS is designating $8,705,000 in CARES Act funding for the stabilization funds and $1,000,000 in CARES Act funding for the incentive to reopen funds. Priority programs will be funded first; however, we anticipate funding as many child care programs as possible with available funding.
Q: When is my application due?
A: The application will be open July 6 through September 30, 2020
Q: How/When will I be notified that the application is open?
A: DHHS will send an email to all licensed child care providers with the announcement. A postcard will also be sent with a link for the application along with an 800# for those providers that do not have internet access to complete the application.
Q. Will I be notified that my application via Survey Monkey as been submitted?
A. Once you click on “submit” at the end of the survey/application, you have officially submitted your application. You will receive a confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org within a week of submitting your application (don't forget to check your junk/spam folders for the email).
That is the screen that you will see right before hitting the submit button:
This is the screen you will see after you hit the submit button. Your application has been received.
Q. When/How will I be notified if I qualified for and will be receiving the grant funds I applied for?
A. A notification email will be sent with an attached letter of approval of Stabilization or Reopen funds. If you do not have access to e-mail, you will be notified via a phone call documents will be sent to you via USPS mail.
Included in the e-mail or letter you will get the following:
- Award letter with declarations to agree to and instructions on how to claim your award
- W-9 Form
- Reimbursement Form for your expenditure documentation reporting
Each of these forms will need to be returned with documentation of spent funds via e-mail or USPS mail to receive funds. Here is a link to a helpful checklist:
Q. When will I receive my check?
A. Once you've submitted your expense report along with documentation of your expenses it will go through an internal review. Once the internal review has been completed and your expenses have been approved, you will receive a payment within 30 days from date of approval.
Q. What time frame is allowed to use for reimbursement?
A. Reimbursement will cover funds spent starting March 13, 2020 to December 30, 2020.
Q. What documentation will you allow for proof of spent funds?
A. Receipts-scanned copy or picture of receipt
Q. How do I submit documentation?
A. Documentation can be sent via e-mail or USPS mail. We will also accept a scanned document or a clear digital photo of all documentations.
Q. Do I submit all of my supporting documentation at one time or can I spread it out?
A. You will need to submit your declaration agreement, and W-9 within 5 days. Once you submit your receipts, you will receive your first payment. You can submit a maximum of two payments to obtain the full amount. All receipts need to be submitted by January 15, 2021.
Q. When will I receive payment?
A. After submitting all required documentation you can expect a payment in two weeks of submission.
Q. If I received Relief Funds ($1000.00) am I still eligible for this funding?
A. Yes, though, unlike the privately funded Relief Funds, there are additional requirements regarding the use of these funds and documentation that must be submitted.
Q. If I have received funding from one of the U.S. Small Business Administration, ex: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance, am I eligible for this funding?
A. Yes, however we ask that you do not duplicate expenses.
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