BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY) — The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), opened the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to support certain essential hospital personnel and their families due to staff shortages during the current COVID-19 surge.
Eligible families can access subsidized care for children ages 12 and under at Type III licensed childcare centers or through registered and certified family childcare and in-home providers for 12 months by completing an application and providing a signed letter of employment and title.
Effective beginning Monday, August 16, families of essential hospital personnel in Tier 1 or 2 hospital settings are eligible for CCAP and their applications will be expedited. Essential hospital personnel includes the following titles:
- Nurses, LPN, RN, APRN
- Nursing Assistants – Medical Assistants, Aides, Personal Care Attendants
- Therapists – OT, PT, Respiratory
- Mental Health, Social Worker, Counselors
- Emergency Medical Technicians
- Laboratory Staff
- Nutritional Staff
- Janitorial Services
- Other employees that provide direct care
Applications are currently being accepted through October 31, 2021. Interested families must complete the CCAP Pandemic Protective Services Crisis Application and submit a signed letter on hospital letterhead verifying title and employment.
Upon approval, certification for child care services will be valid for 12 months. The Department will reassess applications as it continues to monitor the need.
If essential hospital personnel need care during hours that do not fit traditional child care center hours such as night-time care, they may have someone become a CCAP certified in-home provider and come into their home to provide care.