Alabama has received $732,997,365 from the American Rescue Plan to assist child care providers, said an announcement from Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07).
In addition to helping child care providers, the funds will also help with keeping workers on payroll and lower child care costs for families, the announcement states.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a child care crisis. Across Alabama, providers have been forced to lay off and furlough workers just to stay afloat.” Sewell said. “At the same time, hardworking families have been struggling to access basic child care services."
"That’s why I am thrilled to announce over $732 million in additional federal funding for child care through the American Rescue Plan. This funding will provide a critical lifeline to our child care providers and will help our economy bounce back by getting parents back to work.”
Two programs from the rescue plan will administer the funds: $451,360,337 comes from the Child Care Stabilization Fund to help child care.
$281,637,028 in "flexible funding" comes from the Child Care Development Fund to make child care in Alabama "more affordable for more families, increase access to high-quality care for families receiving subsidies, increase compensation for early childhood workers, and meet other care needs in the state."
See the full announcement here.