If you closed your child care program or laid off staff due to COVID-19, your assistant(s) is likely to be eligible for unemployment benefits. The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has also waived the usual one-week waiting period to receive benefits.
This web page from the EDD explains how to file an unemployment insurance (UI) claim for reduced work hours or closures. Also refer to this FAQ page about COVID-19 and new videos in English and Spanish on how to file a UI claim online.
This visual from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) and Family Values @ Work can be helpful for assessing your individual needs and opportunities for financial support. Click the image to open the full version on the NELP web site.
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