Alabama child care workers eligible for federal grants

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Alabama’s borderline child care workforce will soon be eligible for a small cash relief.

The Alabama Department of Human Resources announced a new grant program Monday that will pay child care workers at licensed child care centers up to $1,500 per term for the next two years. The Child Care Workforce Stabilization Program is funded by President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress earlier this year.

“The pandemic has underscored the importance of accessible child care and the crucial role our providers play for Alabama’s families, workforce and economy,” said Nancy Buckner, Commissioner from the Alabama DHR. “This immediate investment in child care providers and their dedicated workers will yield long-term benefits for our entire state.”

Eligible child care providers can start qualifying for payments — $1,500 for full-time employees and $750 for part-time employees — on Nov. 29. To qualify, suppliers must have been cleared to operate on March 11, when the bailout law was passed. , and must continue to operate for one year after receiving the grant.

Additional eligibility criteria, as well as applications, grant timelines, and other important information, are available at dhr.alabama.gov/child-care/.

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