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Child care providers encouraged to apply for DHR grants

Qualified applicants will receive $2,000 for each daytime child care slot, double the original grant amount.

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The Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) on Monday announced another round of grants supporting child care providers and the families they serve.

Starting Friday, May 12, DHR will accept applications for Temporary Assistance for Stabilizing Child Care grants, which aim to reinforce the recovering child care industry in Alabama. June 16 is the deadline to apply. Applicants who qualify will receive $2,000 for each daytime child care slot, which is double the original grant amount.

“These grants are another key step toward resolving the complex challenges facing the child care industry,” said Alabama DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner. “Although some obstacles remain, we are making steady progress thanks to our valuable partnerships with child care providers, advocates and policymakers.”

Allowable grant expenditures include employee pay, facility maintenance and purchases of classroom materials, cleaning supplies and meals. Providers can also use the funds to offer tuition relief to families.

To qualify, providers must be licensed and operating in good standing with DHR at the time they apply and receive a grant. They must also remain in operation for at least one year after a grant is awarded.

The grants are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

Applications and other important information will be available at dhr.alabama.gov/child-care.

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Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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