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Oregon expands child care benefits in response to COVID-19

The move is intended to help more low-income and working families access child care, while helping providers stay afloat.

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 2:36 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2020 2:40 PM

SALEM, Ore. — State officials announced on Tuesday that Governor Brown will have child care benefits expanded to cover more families during the response to coronavirus and resulting school closures.

“At a time when Oregon’s families are weathering numerous difficulties in their daily lives due to the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on our economy, we need to do everything we can to make sure child care providers can keep their doors open so that parents can continue to work,” said Governor Brown.

The temporary changes are effective immediately, and are intended to help more low-income and working families access child care while keeping providers afloat during the state of emergency.


RELATED: Governor Kate Brown announces statewide school closures


Co-pays are being eliminated for eligible families, while access is being expanded. Instead of measuring eligibility at 185 percent of the federal poverty level — $4,040 per month for a family of four — it will be set at 250 percent of the federal poverty level or 85 percent of the state median income, whichever is higher for the family size. This translates to $5,899 per month for a family of four.

Meanwhile, child care providers will be able to continue to receive payments from DHS, even if children are unable to attend or if they have to temporary shut down during the state of emergency.

“It is important that we come together and help one another through this difficult time,” said Fariborz Pakseresht, Oregon DHS Director. “Child care providers play an important role in supporting families, and we want to make sure families can still access this important service.”

On Tuesday morning, the Oregon Department of Education released a statement encouraging child care providers to stay open, underlining that they are not affected by any of the latest social distancing mandates from state officials.

“Child care workers are essential to our workforce,” said Early Learning System Director Miriam Calderon. “I am thankful for the providers who continue to serve families during this uncertain time. Your work is just as important as doctors, nurses and other caregivers on the front lines.”

Providers and parents or caretakers can contact the DHS Direct Pay Unit with questions Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-699-9074.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 309841

Reported Deaths: 3569
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah50840642
Washington34683272
Marion32181388
Clackamas26315270
Lane23632246
Jackson20753255
Deschutes16401100
Umatilla12552125
Douglas10599185
Linn1030285
Josephine8536163
Yamhill737299
Klamath637891
Polk617770
Malheur475867
Benton454027
Coos406469
Columbia320237
Jefferson310446
Lincoln272829
Union266036
Wasco236739
Crook212137
Clatsop210225
Tillamook179623
Baker171920
Morrow166621
Curry166317
Hood River161635
Harney77115
Grant7538
Lake6608
Wallowa50111
Gilliam1364
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
Unassigned00

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Cases: 4620663

Reported Deaths: 67781
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Los Angeles144072125799
Riverside3561924786
San Diego3481004002
San Bernardino3456445474
Orange3135295344
Sacramento1494582070
Santa Clara1398391835
Fresno1347291868
Kern1343971515
Alameda1155381318
Ventura972861115
San Joaquin965701608
Contra Costa95152917
Stanislaus800341229
Tulare72268894
San Mateo51984607
San Francisco51582605
Monterey49321562
Solano43887312
Santa Barbara42872497
Sonoma39192376
Merced38977532
Placer36118358
Imperial34105753
Kings29822280
San Luis Obispo28136310
Madera21520258
Butte20994230
Shasta20308276
Santa Cruz20066211
Yolo19040239
Marin17020242
El Dorado15864127
Sutter12955152
Napa1219395
Yuba915461
Nevada839485
Humboldt819084
Tehama810983
San Benito706167
Mendocino676471
Lassen634127
Tuolumne605593
Lake596487
Amador486658
Glenn394630
Siskiyou383241
Calaveras334566
Del Norte330134
Colusa289718
Inyo164939
Mono14625
Plumas12076
Mariposa96712
Trinity70510
Modoc6278
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