More COVID Relief Coming Your Way!
As you know, 2021 has begun with the highest increase in Covid-19 cases throughout the United States. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to make doing business as high-quality child care providers and educators more difficult than ever before. As essential businesses, we have continued to keep the doors safely open in order to serve individuals that must go to work.
Fortunately, at the end of December, Congress finally passed a long awaited second COVID Relief Package which includes $10 billion additional dollars allocated to the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This is on top of the FY2021 budgeted amount of $5.9 billion for the CCDBG and more than double of what the CARES Act provided previously ($3 billion).
Similar to the CARES Act these funds can be used to:
- Reduce family copays and tuition.
- Cover COVID related expenses for child care providers whether or not they are serving subsidy children.
- Cover the cost of staff salaries.
- Care for children of essential workers regardless of income.
- Cover the cost of reopening or operating a center at reduced capacity and more.
It is important to note that the Lead Child Care Agency in your State and your Governor have 60 days from the passage of the bill to report their intentions for using the CCDBG emergency funds. It would be prudent for all of you receiving this information to contact your Lead Agency and your Governor’s office either by phone or email to provide feedback on what you need to keep your center viable. They will then have until October 31st, 2022 to report how they spent it.
Here you will find additional detail regarding how this money can be used and how much each state is expected to receive of the $10 billion.
It should also be noted that the Biden Administration has already proposed another $40 billion in emergency funds to be provided to child care in another stimulus bill. All the more reason to be vocal with your Governor, State Legislators, and your Lead Agency on what is needed by providers and educators to keep high quality available and affordable NOW and BEYOND. If they do not hear from enough of you, they will make the decision for you. Share this information with parents and business leaders so they know that their voice can also help child care get what is needed to be open and safe during this time. Call or email us if you need help with creating a message that you are comfortable with delivering.
Keep the faith and hang in there! YOU are and have always been the most essential of the essential!
Your NCCA Director
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- NCCA Position Paper (Child Care Development Block Grant 2020 Issues and Actions)
- January 2020 Legislative Update (Update to Child Care Development Block Grant 2020 Budget)
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