COVID-19 Updates & Resources

We know there is a great deal of uncertainty in our community, but please know that CDA remains committed to supporting you during this challenging time. CDA continues to provide child care services and healthy nutrition to children.

CDA Program Updates

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 and until further notice CDA will be working remotely. Our office lobbies remain closed to the public, but our staff is AVAILABLE via emails and phone calls to support you. You can continue submitting your documents via email, mail, fax, drop box, or through our website portal.

Child care reimbursements to our Alternative Payment Program providers continue without interruption. Family fees have been waived and you are not required to pay family fees to your child care provider for the months of April, May, and June 2020.

To read the latest updates, click the links below:

(New!) 07/02/2020- COVID-19 Update #2

06/26/2020 – COVID-19 Reimbursement Update

05/22/2020 – COVID-19 FAQs Update #5

04/14/2020 – COVID-19 FAQs Update #4

03/25/2020 – COVID-19 Emergency Provider Payment Policies

03/23/2020 – COVID-19 FAQs Update #3

03/20/2020 – COVID-19 FAQs Update #2

03/18/2020 – Additional Provider Resources

03/17/2020 – CDA Office Closure Clarification & Resources

03/16/2020 – CDA Offices Closed to the Public

03/16/2020 – COVID-19 FAQs Update #1

03/13/2020 – COVID-19 Update #1

IMPORTANT ALERT- We have been notified of suspicious visits! click here. 

ALL IN-PERSON NUTRITION ANNUAL TRAININGS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. It is still MANDATORY for you to complete your training and quiz online. To take your quiz online, click here.

To read the latest updates, click the links below:

(New!) 06/30/2020- Waiver Extension Notification and UPDATED: Waiver Information and Meal Pick-Up Form

03/31/2020 – Important Waiver Information and Meal Pick-Up Form

03/23/2020 – License Capacity Waiver Information

03/19/2020 – COVID-19 FAQs Update #1

03/17/2020 – Drop Box and Resources

03/13/2020 – COVID-19 Update

San Diego Emergency Child Care Services for Essential Workers and At-Risk Populations Application


We are supporting essential workers and at-risk populations with financial assistance for child care services through September 30, 2020. Funding is provided by the City and County of San Diego and limited. You must not be enrolled in a subsidized child care program.

Financial Assistance for child care services is available for children 0-12 years old and children 13-21 years old that are currently on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and parent confirms child care services are needed.

Learn more and apply today using the button below:

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Community Resources

Our Resources Team has put together a list of resources.

SCAM NOTIFICATION!

We have been notified of a Facebook page falsely representing CDA and using our logo to sell face masks. CDA does not sell any product nor solicit requests for payment of any kind. If you have been a victim of this scam please contact your local authorities immediately. For helpful tips to avoid online scams, click here.

SUSPICIOUS VISITS- Alert to Nutrition Program Providers, click here. 

(New!) Cleaning Supplies for Child Care Providers

(New!) Check List for Reopening Early Learning Care Settings

How to Make Your Own Face Coverings

YMCA and Partners in Prevention Resources

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Here are some prevention methods and symptoms to be aware of recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Prevent Getting Sick

Local Child Care Referrals – The YMCA Childcare Resource Service is offering enhanced child care referral services to help essential critical infrastructure workers, health care workers, and first responders find licensed daycare and child care in San Diego County. Learn More

State-wide Child Care Referrals – Enter your zip code to see the child care providers available in your area: Child Care Locator

Small Business Assistance and Resources

Federal, state, and local government officials are working together to provide multiple funding options to small businesses seeking relief. Learn more by clicking the titles below.

Identify reopening key components by using this emergency child care toolkit by the San Diego County Office of Education.

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A fact sheet—published jointly by the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI) and National Women’s Law Center—offers information to help providers navigate tough decisions that may involve trade-offs between the immediate financial needs of your staff and the long-term viability of your businesses. The first section outlines financial support programs available to help cover providers’ business expenses. In some cases, more than one option may be available and desirable. The second section explores the financial supports available to help workers who see their hours cut or are laid off.

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The Child Care Law Center, in collaboration with Public Counsel, provides updated information and Q&As when new guidance or policies are issued. It should not be viewed as legal or other professional advice.

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Congress recently passed a sweeping economic stimulus bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to provide relief to America’s families, small businesses, and major industries as they struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The CARES Act includes many potential relief opportunities for the nation’s child care industry, which has been hit with widespread layoffs and closures as a result of catastrophic drops in enrollment.

The First Five Years Fund website informs about a small business relief program, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which is available to many child care businesses. This website provides information on how to apply as well as answers to many frequently asked questions about this program.

First Five Years Fund SBA website:

https://www.ffyf.org/small-business-administration-sba-loans-immediately-available-to-child-care-providers/

For more information beyond what is included here, please visit the SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources website at https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources or contact your bank.

Congress recently passed a sweeping economic stimulus bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to provide relief to America’s families, small businesses, and major industries as they struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The CARES Act includes many potential relief opportunities for the nation’s child care industry, which has been hit with widespread layoffs and closures as a result of catastrophic drops in enrollment.

The First Five Years Fund website informs about a small business relief program, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which is available to many child care businesses. This website provides information on how to apply as well as answers to many frequently asked questions about this program.

First Five Years Fund SBA website:

https://www.ffyf.org/small-business-administration-sba-loans-immediately-available-to-child-care-providers/

For more information beyond what is included here, please visit the SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources website or contact your bank.

Disaster Assistance is now available to all California small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to all small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million are available for qualifying small businesses, private nonprofits, and small agricultural cooperatives and aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the coronavirus since Jan. 31, 2020. These loans can be used to fulfill financial obligations and operating expenses that could have otherwise been met if the disaster had not occurred, including fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the coronavirus. For more information on eligibility and interest rates, please visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.

The US Senate yesterday voted in favor of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The House of Representatives will vote on it tomorrow before sending to President Trump for signature. Included in the package, which is close to $2 trillion, is $377 billion in assistance for small businesses. The money is split into:

  • $350 billion in loan forgiveness grants to small businesses and nonprofits to maintain the existing workforce and help pay for other expenses like rent, mortgage, and utilities;
  • $10 billion for SBA emergency grants of up to $10,000 to provide immediate relief for small business operating costs; and
  • $17 billion for SBA to cover 6 months of payments for small businesses with existing SBA loans.

California has several resources for small businesses navigating the effects of COVID-19. If you’re looking for information, check out:

For the latest information regarding COVID-19, please visit COVID19.CA.gov