Erie to receive more than $1 million in CARES Funding for Child Care Provider Support

HARRISBURG, May 20 -- State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro announced today that Erie Child Care Providers will receive more than $1 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

“Child care providers are the key reason why essential employees are able to work and provide the services and goods we need to survive this pandemic. Our community cannot function without them and we are grateful for their pivotal role-especially amidst this pandemic,” expressed Bizzarro.

The $1,011,700 earmarked for Erie Childcare providers was distributed in partnership with the General Assembly.

Funds will be distributed to eligible, certified child care providers through regional Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs). OCDEL determined eligibility for funding and amount of award based on the type and size of provider, number of active enrollments in Child Care Works (CCW) subsidized child care, child care capacity, and licensure status.

A base payment is set by licensure type and capacity and providers can receive additional funding for CCW enrollments and if they operate in a county determined to have moderate or acute capacity issues

The attestation form and process for the CARES Act funds for child care providers can be found here.