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Rescue Plan funds to support NH child care programs, workers

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 1:03 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2021 at 7:14 PM EDT
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LEBANON, N.H. (WCAX) - Funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act are going to support child care programs and workers in New Hampshire.

During the early stages of the pandemic, child care in New Hampshire was only available for essential workers, which limited capacity and cut into revenues. Unemployment then caused more families to not use child care. Now, a staffing shortage is affecting how many children a facility can take. The grants can be applied for beginning July 12th and the money can be used to help cover the providers’ losses.

“The hope is that people recognize how important child care is to the workforce and that we will continue to be on the state’s radar,” said Jennifer Hosmer with the Children’s Center of the Upper Valley.

The Children’s Center of the Upper Valley has already received $55,000 in grants. The child care sector in the state has received more than $65 million in pandemic-related funding.

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