Apply for New Child Care Counts Funding Starting Sept. 9
Governor Evers announced an additional $30 million of CARES Act funding to support early care and education providers.
The Child Care Counts: COVID-19 Supplementary Payment Program is designed to help counter troubling trends persisting in the aftermath of the public health emergency. The additional round of funding will be distributed through two new programs targeted at the current challenges early care and education providers are facing.
- Providing safe, healthy, and high-quality child care opportunities
- This program is intended to support the costs of maintaining or enhancing compliance status, quality level (YoungStar rating), and increasing health and safety practices. Funds will help ensure high-quality care is available across the state, specifically at younger ages where reasonable alternatives to child care do not exist.
- Funding staff recruitment and retention efforts
- As providers move back to regular operations, many have struggled to bring back staff due to depressed wages. This program is designed to support the costs associated with recruiting and retaining high-quality staff.
Eligible providers can submit their applications for the two programs from September 9-18, with payment notifications being issued on September 26, 2020. Read more about the program details.