Maine gets nearly $11M to provide child care assistance for essential workers

The state has received nearly $11 million in federal funds to help essential workers get child care for their children amid the coronavirus outbreak.The money was provided to the state through the CARES Act.The Maine Department of Health and Human Services said households where all parents and guardians are essential employees and have to work outside the home can receive support.Workers who need child care can fill out an application on the state’s Child and Family Services website. Once approved, parents will get access to a spreadsheet that lists child care centers that remain open.The state said about 55% of licensed child care providers are open. The money will be paid directly on their behalf to their child care provider.Under the CARES Act, workers deemed essential who are working outside the home are temporarily eligible to receive child care assistance regardless of their income, including health care workers, first responders, emergency medical services personnel, state employees, grocery store staff, environmental services professionals, and others. The state said nearly 2,000 providers will also receive a one-time stipend, based on their capacity and extent of their current operations. Child care providers will also receive support to aid them in resuming operations after Maine’s civil state of emergency ends.

The state has received nearly $11 million in federal funds to help essential workers get child care for their children amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The money was provided to the state through the CARES Act.

Advertisement

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services said households where all parents and guardians are essential employees and have to work outside the home can receive support.

Workers who need child care can fill out an application on the state’s Child and Family Services website. Once approved, parents will get access to a spreadsheet that lists child care centers that remain open.

The state said about 55% of licensed child care providers are open. The money will be paid directly on their behalf to their child care provider.

Under the CARES Act, workers deemed essential who are working outside the home are temporarily eligible to receive child care assistance regardless of their income, including health care workers, first responders, emergency medical services personnel, state employees, grocery store staff, environmental services professionals, and others.

The state said nearly 2,000 providers will also receive a one-time stipend, based on their capacity and extent of their current operations.

Child care providers will also receive support to aid them in resuming operations after Maine’s civil state of emergency ends.