Alabama DHR is accepting applications for two Child Care Stabilization Grants

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Alabama’s licensed child care providers have until mid-June to apply for two grants aimed at bolstering the industry’s workforce and further stabilizing operations.

The third round of Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) Child Care Workforce Stabilization Grants runs through June 17.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for child care providers to strengthen their businesses as the industry continues to recover from the pandemic,” the Alabama DHR commissioner said. , Nancy Buckner. “We encourage all eligible child care providers to take advantage of these grants and apply quickly. »

The Child Care Workforce Stabilization program provides bonus funds of $1,500 for full-time employees and $750 for part-time employees to help providers recruit and retain qualified staff. Eligible employees can receive up to eight quarterly bonuses before the end of the two-year grant period in September 2023. Six opportunities remain.

The separate Child Care Stabilization Temporary Assistance Program provides $1,000 for each licensed day care slot. Grants help cover operating costs, including employee compensation, facility maintenance, and the purchase of classroom materials, cleaning supplies, and meals. Providers can also use the money to provide families with tuition relief.

Both grants require providers to be licensed and in operation when they apply, and they must continue to operate for at least one year after receiving a grant. Applicants must also be in good standing with DHR.

Grants are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

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Applications, grant timelines and additional eligibility requirements are available at https://dhr.alabama.gov/child-care/.

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