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Child Care Grant Program Extended
On Aug. 3, the North Dakota Emergency Commission approved the Department of Human Services’ request for an additional $12 million in remaining Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to again extend the state’s Child Care Emergency Operating Grant program. The funding also requires approval from the Legislature’s Budget Section, which meets Aug. 13.
The emergency grant program was first implemented March 30, 2020, to support working parents and child care providers impacted by the pandemic. Both are considered vital to the state’s economic recovery.
The operating grant program was initially set to end in June 2020. In June, the Legislature’s Budget Section and the state’s Emergency Commission approved an extension through August 14, 2020, and this latest extension request will support the child care infrastructure in the state’s recovering economy through December 2020. The extension will bring the state’s investment in supporting working parents and stabilizing the child care industry to $40.8 million.
Grant program information is online at www.nd.gov/dhs/info/covid-19/child-care.html.