$120 million in relief announced for Delaware childcare providers
DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney, alongside Lt. Bethany Hall-Long and members of Delaware’s congressional delegation, joined childcare providers on Monday to announce significant new funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to support Delaware’s childcare industry and childcare professionals.
We’re told ARPA is providing over $120 million in relief for Delaware’s childcare industry. $24 million will go to the Child Care Stabilization grants to help childcare providers remain open and operating. This is in addition to the $66 million in ARPA funding that has already been distributed through these stabilization grants. $10.6 million will go towards direct financial relief for Delaware childcare workers.
Also on Monday, Governor Carney and Delaware State University President Tony Allen announced $10.6 million in state ARPA funding for the university’s new Early Childhood Innovation Center, in partnership with the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.
Over the course of the next five years, DSU will receive a total of $30.6 million to support the construction and launch of the Early Childhood Innovation Center, invest in Delaware’s childcare workforce, and expand access to affordable childcare for Delaware families in need. The funding will also be used to expand scholarship opportunities to support working professionals seeking additional education.