Sainato: Area child care providers receiving nearly $2.3 million in federal funding to stabilize operations

NEW CASTLE, April 7 – New federal funding of $2.3 million will help 20 child care providers in the 9th Legislative District rebuild operations and resources drained by the pandemic, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today.

Sainato said the funding from the American Rescue Plan Act will help stabilize these businesses, which provide critical support for working families.

“The pandemic hit child care providers hard, and many struggled to meet payroll, rent, and other obligations as widescale prolonged shutdowns and plunging enrollment dried up revenue,” Sainato said. “These grants will provide a welcome infusion of funding that businesses can use for operating expenses, personnel costs, including recruitment and retention, equipment and supplies, reimbursement for past COVID-19-related expenses, and other expenses. 

“It’s going to help them get their doors back open and running at full capacity so they can be there to support the working families who depend on them.”

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 providers in New Castle and Edinburg is available here.

The American Rescue Plan Act provided $24 billion to states nationwide to stabilize the child care sector. The grants to centers in the 9th Legislative District 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.