Gov. Hogan announces $155 million in Child Care Stabilization Grants for Md. childcare centers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan announced on Monday that over $155 million in Child Care Stabilization Grants will be distributed to licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers statewide.

We’re told these federal funds, which will be distributed this month, will provide financial relief to child care providers and help address the financial burdens and operational challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Care Stabilization Grants are part of the $309 million American Rescue Plan Act relief funding for investment in the state’s child care system to ensure that providers are economically stable and that safe, high quality, and affordable child care is available for all families.

Eligible programs will receive a $15,000 base award and $500 for each licensed program slot. Officials say grant funds can be used to cover expenses associated with providing, or preparing to provide, child care during the pandemic, such as personnel costs, rent or mortgage payments, Personal Protective Equipment, mental health support for children and employees, and past expenses.

The stabilization grant funds are in addition to the $155 million distributed to child care centers during the pandemic, which included costs for essential personnel child care, as well as grants to offset the costs of low capacity, lost income, PPE, cleaning, and reopening.

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