DSP and PSW Childcare during Covid-19

We have confirmed that DSPs are included in the priority workers for childcare considerations. DSPs and PSWs are falling under the “essential worker” category of  “workers who support food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.”

School districts are currently being asked to open schools and provide childcare for essential health care workers. This is still in the early stages so we will continue to monitor. In the meantime, childcare options:


  • DSPs can call 2-1-1 and they will direct “essential workers” to childcare providers who are designated to prioritize and save space to meet the childcare needs of essential workers. Wait for the CHILD CARE prompt for an expedited process. You can also email: children@211info.org
  • In addition, if not already, DSPs should be encouraged to sign up for the emergency childcare subsidy. The state has increased the income eligibility for this program and waived all family co-pay requirements so parents who qualify will receive fully subsidized childcare.  There is also a process to get their current childcare provider qualified (and paid by the State).


ERDC Temporary Income Limits
Number in familly Gross income limit
2 $4,012
3 $4,956
4 $5,899
5 $6,843
6 $7,787
7 $8,259
8 or above $9,192

You can apply online: https://apps.state.or.us/onlineApplication/. While this application appears to only be for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) it will cover ERDC and when the eligibility worker calls to verify the application the worker needs to note they are interested in ERDC.