Wolf Administration Announces Plans for $303 Million to Support Child Care Providers Across Pennsylvania

Adam McCully

Adam McCully

Published March 3, 2021 5:25 am

Governor-Tom-Wolf-standing-in-front-of-a-buildingHARRISBURG, Pa. — Governor Tom Wolf announced allocation plans for more than $303 million in federal funds received to support child care providers.

The funds come from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA), signed into law in December and continue support for an industry that is both a cornerstone of Pennsylvania’s economy and a critical introduction to early education for children across Pennsylvania.

“Child care providers across our commonwealth have endured a year of challenges and changes – circumstances that have made doing business incredibly challenging,” said Gov. Wolf. “A healthy, vibrant child care industry is a necessity to help our economy recover and support parents returning to work. We must remember this as we move forward and continue support for child care providers as they care for young Pennsylvanians and allow parents to work so our communities and economy can thrive.”

The funding will be issued beginning April 20, 2021 and will be divided to support child care providers through multiple channels, including:

Additionally, $984,000 will provide an administrative rate increase to Early Learning Resource Centers, OCDEL’s regional partners that administer CCW and distribute federal stimulus support to providers at the local level. About $7 million is reserved in case temporarily closed providers choose to reopen, which would then qualify them for support.

“Our child care industry has displayed incredible resiliency over the last year, but we know that has not been easy,” said Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “Child care and early education is foundational to a child’s development, and as a working parent, I know how much it means to families. We are committed to helping our child care industry weather this difficult period, and I am incredibly grateful for their dedication to our children and families.”

These investments build off approximately $220 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding allocated in 2020 to support child care providers across Pennsylvania since the COVID-19 crisis began in Pennsylvania. These investments support this critical educational and economic infrastructure for children and families across the commonwealth.

For more information on child care providers operating during the COVID-19 public health crisis, visit www.findchildcare.pa.gov.

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