Cooper announces more aid for child care programs

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Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is providing $35 million in operational grants from federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to help child care programs providing in-person child care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From April through July, NCDHHS has provided over $80 million in monthly operational grants for child care programs that served more than 105,000 children statewide throughout the pandemic, according to a release from Cooper’s office.

“These grants will help offset the significant financial strains placed on child care to meet health and safety guidelines while serving fewer children,” Cooper said in the release. “Our child care programs have been on the frontlines since the start of this pandemic, keeping their doors open so other workers could keep our economy running and the public safe. A strong and safe child care system is essential to our recovery.”

The grants will be awarded to licensed child care providers operating in-person during the months of August through October to help offset the significant financial strains due to the additional expenses to meet health and safety guidelines, while experiencing reduced revenues from lower enrollment. Providers have the flexibility to use these grants to meet their unique individual business and operational needs.

All eligible licensed child care programs will receive some level of operational grants.

Specific grant amounts are based on program size, quality, and whether the program serves infants and toddlers.

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