School Updates

  • COVID-19 UPDATE

    Tuesday, April 28, 2020

     

    Dear Parents/Caregivers:

    Hope you are all safe and doing well. As of April 16th, we have been able to reopen Bright Beginners Academy 2, 3, and 4 for families of essential workers. 

    If you are an “essential” employee needing child care, you must register with the Department’s county-based Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agencies. “Essential” employees who are normally eligible for the Child Care Subsidy Program must enroll in the ECCAP to continue receiving child care services.  Your CCR&R will follow-up with you within two business days to gather additional information about you and your needs and help you identify a child care provider.

     

    Who is considered “Essential” for Emergency Child Care Assistance?
    • Health care workers, including staff working in health care facilities and in community-based services including home health and behavioral health; 
    • Law enforcement personnel, fire and emergency services personnel, and correctional facility staff; 
    • Individuals employed at emergency child care centers operating on or after April 1, 2020;  
    • Staff working for entities that provide essential social services, including, but not limited to, group home and shelter staff; 
    • Essential government employees who are unable to work from home, including child protection services workers, child welfare workers, foster care workers, unemployment compensation processing staff, and public health employees; and,
    • Certain critical workers, as defined by the Commissioner of DCF, at essential retail businesses, as defined in Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and subsequent Administrative Orders, which includes, for example, grocery store and gas station employees.
    How long will the state pay for child care?

    The state is committed to paying for child care in this way through the end of April and will revisit the situation at that time as they get additional information about federal resources to address this critical need.

    How to enroll?
    • If you meet the definition of an essential employee and have child care needs, register here. 
    • You will be contacted by one of the state’s Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agencies within two business days. Your CCR&R will follow up on next steps to gather information about your household and help you identify a participating child care provider.   
    • If you are income-eligible for the state Child Care Subsidy Program, the CRR&R will use the information you provide to establish that you are an essential employee and help enroll you in the Child Care Subsidy program, which will provide a child care subsidy that will be considered payment in full.
    • For all other families, the CCR&R will use the information you provide to establish that you are an essential employee, enroll you in Emergency Child Care Assistance, and to ensure that the center is paid the state portion for April.

    This information is directly from the childcarenj.gov website.

     

    We will reopen to everyone else once Governor Murphy and Office for Licensing find it safe for us to do so. We hope to see you all soon!

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email one of us.

    • Germanico: germanico.bba@gmail.com
    • Zobeida: zsantana.bba@gmail.com
    • Karina: karina@brightbeginnersnj.com 

    Sincerely, 

    Germanico & Zobeida Santana