$10 billion for child cares
The House and Senate passed a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill Monday night after months of gridlock on Capitol Hill. It includes $10 billion in funding to support child care providers struggling due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
What we know so far
Now that the bill is passed, states will receive further guidance as to how much funding they will receive and how it can be used. This is what we know so far:
The purpose of the funds
The funds are providing relief from copayments and tuition payments in the case of decreased enrollment or closures related to coronavirus. They are also allocated to cover fixed costs and increased operating expenses to assure child cares are able to remain open or reopen. The bill encourages states to place conditions on payments to child care providers that ensure that child care providers use a portion of funds received to continue to pay the salaries and wages of staff.
How they'll be administered
Funds will be administered through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (‘‘CCDBG’’), which will then be passed to state agencies for dispersal.
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