Pa. child care industry, hit hard by Covid, gets $528 million in federal funds so far

Written by on December 8, 2021

Pa. child care industry, hit hard by Covid, gets $528 million in federal funds so far

By Chloe Nouvelle

December 8, 2021

Child care centers have been targeted to receive millions of dollars to make up for the industry’s shortage of workers. (Contributed photo)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is working to distribute $655 million in federal pandemic relief aid to “stabilize” the commonwealth’s child care industry, a sector hit hard by the pandemic. 

In late September, Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS) announced a plan to distribute the money to eligible child care providers in the state. 

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In about two months, most of the funding has been approved to send out—around $528 million—and around 75% of eligible providers in the state have requested the funding. 

According to DHS, child care centers are able to use the money for things like staffing costs, rent or mortgage payments, and cleaning supplies. 

DHS’s application period closes on Jan. 31. 

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