Longietti: Area child care providers receiving more than $2.2 million to stabilize operations

HERMITAGE, April 11 – Area child care providers are receiving more than $2.2 million in federal funding to help them reopen their doors and return to full capacity, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti said the funding under the American Rescue Plan Act will provide grants to 24 area providers ranging from approximately $5,000 to more than $290,000.

“Pandemic-related shutdowns and declining enrollments have had a devastating impact on child care providers in our community, and it’s an issue that is not only hurting these business owners and their families, but also complicating plans for working parents trying to return to the workplace.

“This funding – which providers can use for operating expenses, personnel and program costs, equipment and supplies, and reimbursement for past COVID-19-related expenses – will help stabilize operations for these businesses that play such a key role for our community.”

According to the state Department of Human Services, which administers the funding, providers will receive the funding in six monthly installments and must use it within nine months after their applications were approved. Centers also must report to DHS on how the funding is spent.

A list of the approved funding to the 24 providers is available here.

The American Rescue Plan Act provided $24 billion to states nationwide to stabilize the child care sector. The local grants are part of a package of $628.5 million in approved ARPA funding to child care providers statewide. 

In the fall, DHS announced its plan to distribute the ARPA funding to help stabilize the child care industry.