The Alabama Department of Human Resources strives to remain responsive to the fluid demands related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the Department is extending its child care assistance to first responders and members of the health care community through June 30, 2021. The Department is now accepting new referrals from employers of eligible individuals. The referral form must be submitted to the Department via email at childcare.subsidy@dhr.alabama.gov by the employer’s authorized designee. Referral forms submitted by a child care provider or family will not be accepted.

Eligibility for this child care assistance is not based on income. Individuals who may be eligible to participate include: physicians, dentists, mental health workers, nurses, chiropractors, physical therapists, veterinarians, employees of hospitals/clinics, clinical staff, employees of nursing homes, employees of residential health care facilities, employees of adult day care centers, employees of blood banks, employees of congregate-care facilities, employees of assisted living facilities, elder care workers, medical wholesale and distribution employees, home health workers and aides, medical supply and equipment manufacturers and providers, medical waste disposal employees, hazardous waste disposal employees, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.

In order to receive the child care assistance, eligible families must choose to enroll their child/children at a licensed child care facility participating on the Child Care Subsidy Program. Licensed child care facilities that are not currently participating on the Child Care Subsidy Program may register with their local Child Care Management Agency in order to serve those families requesting this child care assistance. Child care facilities participating on the Child Care Subsidy Program must meet Health and Safety Guidelines as prescribed by the Department.

A link to the referral form and the Health and Safety Guidelines is below. For more information, email childcare.subsidy@dhr.alabama.gov.

Referral Form and Instructions

Health and Safety Guidelines