Stimulus funding to offer support to childcare providers, CCAP families

Child care providers may be eligible for grants through the third round of federal stimulus plans.

According to a release from Gov. Walz, $300 million from the American Rescue Plan will be used to support child care providers and improve child care access for families. The program will last through June 2023 and will include stabilization grants for child care providers facing financial hardships.

The state will also raise the reimbursement rate for the Child Care Assistance Program in November.

CCAP serves more than 30,000 kids a month, supporting 15,000 low-income families.

An investment of $55 million from the American Rescue Plan will also go into the CCAP program, which is anticipated to reach 4,000 more children over the next few years.

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