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Arizona child care grant program applications open until May 30

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PHOENIX — Child care providers can apply now through May 30 for non-competitive relief funding from the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

This follows Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s announcement Friday of an additional $9 million in aid for child care providers throughout the state.

The Child Care Workforce Retention and Recruitment Grant Program will provide immediate support to child care providers in hiring staff and retaining existing staff, according to the release.

Grants are not competitive, meaning if a child care provider submits a complete application, is eligible and agrees to the grant program terms, they will receive funding.

Grant awards will be paid in one sum amount, with distribution of payments initiated on June 24.

Child care providers have until Sept. 30 to spend the grant funds.

“Child care is a critical issue facing healthcare workers on the frontline,” Judy Rich, TMC HealthCare president and CEO, said. “As schools went virtual, this had an incredible impact on our workforce as essential workers had to choose between earning a paycheck and taking care of their children at home.”

Child care centers and group homes must use grant funds for salaries and benefits for employees, and bonus incentives for hiring and retention.

Group homes and family child care homes without staff, may utilize the grant funds for various expenses including licensing fees, liability insurance, tuition and registration relief for families, lease and mortgage payments, utilities, classroom materials, and supplies.

The funds were made available to Arizona through the Child Care and Development Fund CARES Act.

The department also extended the Essential Workers Child Care Relief Scholarship through June 30.

“Programs like the Essential Worker Child Care Relief Scholarship Program are critical to keeping our essential workers on the frontline knowing their children are safe,” Rich said.

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