Effective August 1, 2020, applications will be available for organizations interested in providing school time care, e-learning care, virtual learning care, and/or extended school time care due to schools not providing in-classroom instruction. The Department of Social Services (DSS) must grant approval for temporary child care operations. Organizations that qualify may be issued a “Certificate of Temporary Operation” in lieu of full licensure.
Certificates will only be granted to organizations that operate or wish to operate in school districts that are not providing five days of in-classroom instruction as an option available to all children. Certificates of Temporary Operation will be subject to the following conditions:
Specific information on the application is listed below.
License-exempt providers enrolled in ABC Quality will be granted a Certificate of Temporary Operation once an application is received.
A Certificate of Temporary Operation will be granted for a maximum of 90 days and may be extended up to four times at the discretion of the Department.
For group child care homes and family child care homes, you must apply for a license or registration.
Below is the process that you will follow in order to apply for a Certificate of Temporary Operation of a school-age child care during COVID-19, the forms necessary for the application, and other resources to assist with your operation.
1. Complete the online application here. Keep a record of the Reference number you are assigned at the end of the application. All emails sent to Child Care Licensing must have that reference number attached for identification purposes.
2. Complete a SLED Catch for all staff that will be working in the facility. All documentation for each staff member must be sent with application.
3. Complete a Central Registry Check for all staff that will be working in the facility. The Central Registry is $8 per person. You can send a check or money order to the address on the form or pay online here. For identification during online payment use the CC# listed on the form.
4. Take pictures of the areas that you will be caring for children, the bathrooms, and (if you are providing meals) the kitchen.
5. Complete the following documents:
For information on how to electronically fill a PDF document, click here.
All documents required for the application to temporarily operate can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.