Governor Cooper announced that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services would be providing $35 million in grants for child care programs in North Carolina. The money comes from federal relief funds and will help support licensed child care providers, according to WNCT.
Due to reduced numbers of children in the programs during the pandemic, the grants will “help offset the significant financial strains due to the additional expenses to meet health and safety guidelines, while experiencing reduced revenues from lower enrollment,” WNCT reports.
The grants also offer flexibility to providers so that individual businesses can cater the money to their specific needs, WNCT reports.
NCDHHS has invested in child care during the pandemic by providing monthly operational grants, WNCT reports.