Applications open for funds to support Nevada child care

Applications open for funds to support Nevada child care

CARSON CITY—Financial support for child care providers in Nevada is now available to help existing businesses cover operating costs and newly-recruited centers increase revenue. The intent of the stipends, officials say, is for those businesses to pass on fewer costs to families.

The funds are being distributed through a partnership of multiple organizations within the state and are administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. More than $222 million from American Rescue Plan Act funds have been allocated to the program to strengthen the state’s child care infrastructure.

“As I heard during my recent listening tour throughout our state, the accessibility of affordable, high quality child care is critical for all Nevada families as they work and face the challenges of this pandemic,” said Gov. Steve Sisolak. “This investment will help stabilize and grow our child care sector by supporting providers and families, as well as ensuring state-level infrastructure is in place to meet continuing needs of parents and employers while giving our children opportunities to learn, grow and succeed.”

While the bulk of the funds will be dispersed as stipends to child care facilities, some funds have been reserved for other programs: special rates for underserved populations, an employment training program, and child care subsidies for families in need.

The governor’s office said the investment is expected to save Nevada families more than $50 million in child care costs, support more than 750 small businesses and provide more than $50 million in direct financial supports to child care workers.

Child care centers must apply for the funds and meet eligibility requirements. Home-based license exempt provider application are available and must be submitted no later than December 31, 2021. Licensed and before and after school provider applications must be submitted no later than February 28, 2022.

For more information or to apply visit the following website.

Source: Nevada Governor’s Office