Childcare + My Job

Has your child’s school closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Is your child care provider unavailable because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you work in California? You may be eligible for leave or pay.



Employer Paid Leave: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)


Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act,* you can take up to two weeks of paid leave at 2/3 of your normal rate of pay, up to $200 per day. If you have been at your job for more than 30 days, then you can take an additional 10 weeks of paid leave.**


Available if:

  • Your employer has fewer than 500 employees nationwide, AND
  • You cannot work because your child’s school is closed (or their usual care is unavailable) due to COVID-19.


*FFCRA leave is only available through December 31, 2020, when the law expires.


**Your employer may deny the additional 10 weeks of leave if there are fewer than 50 employees, and your leave would jeopardize the viability of the business.


** Healthcare workers and emergency responders may be denied this leave



Unpaid Leave: Family School Partnership Act (FSPA)


In California, you can take up to 40 hours (per year)* off from work under the Family School Partnership Act. Your employer does not need to pay you during this time, but you can use any accrued vacation or PTO you may have.

Available if:

  • Your employer has 25+ employees; AND
  • School or licensed day care provider is unavailable

*These 40 hours are in addition to the first 2 weeks off available under the FFCRA.  If you take more than 2 weeks off under the FFCRA, FSPA will run at the same time as FFCRA leave and not be in addition to that leave.



Unemployment Insurance (UI)


The Unemployment Insurance program provides temporary and partial wage replacement for workers who lose their job or are working less through no fault of their own and are able and available to work. You may be eligible for unemployment insurance if you quit or left work for a good cause and took steps to preserve your employment. Taking care of your child, or being unable to find childcare due to COVID-19 may qualify as good cause.  Alternatively, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, currently ending Dec. 26, 2020, if you are unable to work due to COVID-19, including because you need to care for a child or family member whose normal care is unavailable.