Hively, a nonprofit agency that connects families with local social service agencies, said this week that it has received state funding to pay for child care services for essential workers through June 30.

Kelly O’Lague Dulka, CEO at Hively, said the nonprofit has available funding for about 500 more child care placements.

Although child care agencies are closed to the general public during the statewide shelter-at-home mandate, they are still allowed to care for the children of those considered essential workers under Gov. Newsom’s executive order.

Hively is one of three state-recognized Child Resource and Referral agencies in Alameda County, along with Bananas and the Community Child Care Council. All three refer and help cover the cost of child care placements

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shelter-at-home order, Hively covered the cost of child care for about 2,000 children from low-income families. Many of those are children of essential workers and still in child care.

But all essential workers in need of child care are now eligible for assistance, regardless of income, as long as there isn’t another parent at home in the household. In addition to licensed child care providers, Dulka said Hively may be able to cover the cost for essential workers to pay a neighbor or a relative to watch their children.

The new funds are part of the money that California received from the CARES Act, passed by Congress to provide direct economic assistance for workers, families, and small businesses affected by the pandemic. Essential workers in need of child care in Alameda County can apply through Hively at https://bit.ly/2L1TR4e.