New Resources Now Available for Child Care Providers — May 15, 2020

New Resources Now Available for Child Care Providers

Child care providers are a critical component to keeping Iowa’s economy up and running. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, they have struggled to keep their doors open and have had trouble getting the necessary cleaning supplies to keep the children in their care safe.
 
Through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Iowa has received $39.1 million to help these providers. The Iowa Department of Human Resources (DHS), the agency responsible for distributing the funds, released a plan last week detailing how the money will be used. Here are the key points of the plan:

  • Provide a monthly stipend of $2,000 to open licensed centers and $500 to open registered homes
  • Provide an additional monthly stipend of $2,000 to licensed centers and $500 to registered homes providing a 25 percent discount to essential services personnel
  • Pay providers for unlimited absences and full-day care for school-age children
  • Provide hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies directly to providers
  • Cover the cost of background checks for employees at temporary emergency sites
  • Waive CCA family co-pays and provide full tuition amounts to providers serving CCA families
  • Provide a rejuvenation grant to providers who have closed to assist them in re-opening 

     


To see the entire plan and instructions on how to apply for these funds, visit: https://dhs.iowa.gov/childcare/funding-opportunities
 
For the Frequently Asked Questions page, go to: https://dhs.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/DHS_FAQ_CARES_Funding.pdf?050520202312=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
 
For additional childcare guidance, please visit: https://dhs.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/DHS_ChildCareGuidance.pdf?032120201912

 

source: State Rep. Tracy Ehlert weekly email 2020.05.15