Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $45,821,890 in economic relief for Maryland child care programs through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).
Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which authorized $3.5 billion to help child care programs meet emergency staffing needs and continue providing child care for health care employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers and other essential workers. The federal funding will also support child care centers that face decreased enrollment or temporary closures due to COVID-19.
“While our entire state is depending on our essential workers to get through this pandemic, many of Maryland’s essential workers are depending on the affordable, high-quality child care provided by these centers,” the delegation said. “These federal funds will ensure that child care centers have the resources to continue to serve those individuals on the front lines now, as well as to continue to serve all Maryland families after the pandemic is over.”
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will allocate the funds to eligible child care centers statewide. On March 27th, Maryland State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced that while child care centers across the state would close to decrease the spread of COVID-19, state-funded child care centers – which also receive federal CCDBG resources – would continue to serve up to 2,500 children. Care is free for the children of essential health care and emergency workers.