Licensed child care workers in Alabama have until mid-June to apply for another round of grants, including bonuses, from the Alabama Department of Human Resources.
Applicants can apply for two grants: Childcare Workforce Stabilization grants and Temporary Assistance for Stabilization Childcare program. Both are designed to strengthen and stabilize the child care workforce, according to a Wednesday news release.
The Child Care Workforce Stabilization provides fund bonuses of $1500 for full-time employees and $750 for part-time workers. The deadline is June 17. This is the third round of the award. Eligible employees can receive up to eight quarterly bonuses before September 2023, when the two-year award period ends.
Temporary Assistance for Child Care Stabilization Program provides a $1000 for each “licensed daytime child care slot.” These grants can be used for operating costs, such as employee pay, facility maintenance, classroom materials, cleaning supplies and meals, and to help families cover tuition costs. The deadline is June 15.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for child care providers to boost their operations amid the industry’s continued recovery from the pandemic,” Alabama DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner said in a statement. “We encourage every eligible child carer to take advantage of these grants and apply soon.”
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Both awards require applicants to be in good standing, licensed, in business and must continue to work for at least another year after award. The grants are funded by the US Savings Act.
More information and applications can be found on the DHR website at dhr.alabama.gov/child-care/.
Jemma Stephenson is the children and education reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser. She can be reached at email@example.com or 334-261-1569.