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Old 01-07-2021, 08:59 AM
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The Tennessee vaccination rollout plan got reshuffled a few weeks ago (I think maybe somebody noticed that they had children scheduled to go ahead of some populations, and there is no vaccine for children ) and the update says "child care teachers and staff" are in group 1b but doesn't break it down further. Group 1b is, of course, the third group, because we're operating like Chico's sizing and we want to make everybody feel good by assigning everybody a low number, I guess.

One newspaper said "daycare centers" but I'm hoping that was just a journalist who doesn't understand that daycare has multiple types. The state's "find out what group you're in" tool doesn't have anything to select for childcare--they have a DCS and a K-12 option, but nothing for childcare, which is under DHS. I'm trying to find out whether I can go with group 1b or if that's reserved only for center employees. Looks like we have the extra-spready UK mutation here in town now, so that's . . . great.

I reached out to my family daycare licensing agent. She has no idea whether family daycare falls under that group or not and told me to call the health department. I reached out to the county health department. They said it was a very good question and that they will not have that information from the state until we actually get to phase 1b.

So I called the state COVID-19 hotline at 10:40am, waited through several minutes of "if you want this thing, press this button," got to "for all other calls, stay on the line," and now I get a recording that says "Please call back during our operating hours of 10am to 8pm," so not sure if our state health department is ignoring their hotline or if they just don't understand how time zones work. I'll try again in five minutes when it's 10am everywhere in the state, but I bet the answer is going to be "that's a good question and we don't know," and I would like to scream please.

I'm probably going to have to just show up and find out, aren't I? Family providers, what's your most-professional-and-official proof of employment? I got the runaround from the state when dealing with something earlier this year; they rejected my application because, even though family daycare providers were included in the group this service was for, they were asking for types of proof of employment that we don't have, and I finally typed up a sort-of-sarcastic letter listing all the different things I'd provided and asking what exactly they WOULD accept, at which point they accepted my original attachments.
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Old 01-07-2021, 09:09 AM
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I'm probably going to have to just show up and find out, aren't I? Family providers, what's your most-professional-and-official proof of employment? I got the runaround from the state when dealing with something earlier this year; they rejected my application because, even though family daycare providers were included in the group this service was for, they were asking for types of proof of employment that we don't have, and I finally typed up a sort-of-sarcastic letter listing all the different things I'd provided and asking what exactly they WOULD accept, at which point they accepted my original attachments.
The state issued copy of my license.
I would use that if asked.
Not sure if all states issue them or not.

My licensor is having a "clinic" set up just for providers so she'll know if some random person shows up saying they are a provider.
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Old 01-07-2021, 09:13 AM
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Unfortunately, I'm still working on getting my license--I didn't start really pushing it until the pandemic, and there have been paperwork issues on DHS's part and I'm having to get some things redone. I'm going to see if my licensing agent will at least give me an email on letterhead.
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Old 01-07-2021, 09:42 AM
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Unfortunately, I'm still working on getting my license--I didn't start really pushing it until the pandemic, and there have been paperwork issues on DHS's part and I'm having to get some things redone. I'm going to see if my licensing agent will at least give me an email on letterhead.
Do you have any tax info? Maybe you can prove your status as a provider by using your taxes?
Do you have an EIN?

How about business cards or a screen shot of an advertisement for openings? Food program participation?

Training certificates?
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Old 01-07-2021, 09:58 AM
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I am licensed in Tennessee and I have called health dept every morning...my county will have no vaccines till at least next week. They told me just to keep calling. I am in hopes they do a group teachers/daycares setting for vaccines but who knows? There will need to be proof I'm sure but I think there will be no doubt with mom and I....we have been here over 28 years now!
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Old 01-07-2021, 11:54 AM
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Okay, I finally got through on the state hotline--they dropped my call twice--and they said that:

They don't know what they meant.

They said that they do not have any details or current plan for how the "childcare" portion is going to work, but that maybe, by the time they actually get to that phase, they will have instructions.

So yep, I've asked my licensing agent for some kind of note on letterhead, and I'll be bringing my EIN and tax info. Oh how lovely this all is.

Annalee, I'm in Hamilton county and we've been getting shipments but running out immediately each time. We have a LOT of hospitals and senior care facilities here. We border both Georgia and Alabama, and I bet employees who reside in those states aren't getting counted when TN figures out how to allot the vaccines.
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Okay, I finally got through on the state hotline--they dropped my call twice--and they said that:

They don't know what they meant.

They said that they do not have any details or current plan for how the "childcare" portion is going to work, but that maybe, by the time they actually get to that phase, they will have instructions.

So yep, I've asked my licensing agent for some kind of note on letterhead, and I'll be bringing my EIN and tax info. Oh how lovely this all is.
some sort of plan would be nice!
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