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The COVID-19 Pandemic Child Care Payment Assistance program is designed to help support essential workers so they can stay on the job during the COVID-19 emergency. Through payment assistance and a network of temporary care locations, parents who work in specific occupations can access child care at no cost during the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency until December 31, 2020.
Child Care Payment Assistance (e.g., the Smart Steps and Child Care Certificate Programs) is available for parents who are working and/or in school and meet income eligibility requirements.
Find more information about the Child Care Certificate Program and Smart Steps.
Need help finding a child care agency near you? Find an active list of child care providers.
The Tennessee Department of Education and Trevecca University’s resource, Bridging the Distance: Family Remote Learning, is specially designed to help families navigate remote learning and better understand the common tools and programs used by educators.
The department has also partnered with Hoonuit to make available a site finder for families on where the closest meal services will be available to them. This meal finder will be updated daily with information reported from districts to the department.