Matzie: More than $450,000 in funding to help Beaver County child care providers safely reopen

AMBRIDGE, May 21 – Federal funding of $450,100 under the CARES Act will help support Beaver County child care providers as they prepare to reopen their doors, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said that as Beaver County reopens, it’s important to ensure that these businesses are up and running, with proper protections in place.

“As Beaver County businesses begin opening their doors, parents will once again turn to trusted child care providers protect and nurture their kids. But these providers – like other businesses forced to close during the pandemic – have felt the impact of the shutdown profoundly.

 “Now, as they begin reopening, they face the added challenge of ensuring that the proper safety protocols are in place to protect our kids. This funding is going help ensure that they have the staff, training, equipment and other resources they need to get back up and running while continuing to provide safe havens for our kids.”

The funding is part of an initial $51 million round of funding that will go to nearly 7,000 child care centers statewide preparing to reopen

 In all, Pennsylvania will receive a total of $106 million in funding to support child care providers. The second round of funding will be allocated after completion of a study assessing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Pennsylvania’s child care providers.

Eligibility for and amount of funding was determined based on the type and size of the provider, the number of active enrollments in Child Care Works subsidized child care, child care capacity and licensure status.

 More information about the funding is available here.