Welcome to the 2020 PLAN Virtual Statewide Conference

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Thursday, October 15 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Child Care Update

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Congress several years ago reauthorized the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. The Reauthorization included numerous family friendly changes to eligibility requirements for subsidized child care, which DHS and OCDEL are still in the process of implementing.

In this session we will review these important changes. We will also cover child care subsidy eligibility, including "doors to child care," i.e., who is served by each of PA's three subsidized child care programs - TANF, SNAP, and ELRC (formerly CCIS) - as well as how and under what circumstances parents can transition from one program to another.

Child care programs have been severely impacted by the COVID pandemic, which has affected both the supply and the capacity of providers to serve children. This at a time when there will be greater demands for child care as many schools are relying on distance learning as part of their plans to reopen safely. The session will include discussion of these issues.

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Louise Hayes

Supervising Attorney, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Louise Hayes has been an attorney at CLS’s North Philadelphia Law Center since 1997, when she joined CLS as an Independence Foundation Fellow.  While helping CLS clients get and keep a range of public benefits, her expertise is in SNAP and cash assistance programs, including programs... Read More →
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Peter Zurflieh

Attorney, Community Justice Project
Peter Zurflieh, Esq., is an attorney with the Community Justice Project (CJP) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Part of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, CJP provides back-up to the regional legal services programs, doing impact litigation, as well as legislative and administrative... Read More →

Thursday October 15, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
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