One of the states in the nation is using part of its American Rescue Plan dollars this week to express gratitude to child care employees who played a critical role during the pandemic.
Eight $1,500 Stimulus Checks Quarterly
In a recently published article in MSN News, the Alabama Department of Human Resources’ newest grant program will pay up to eight $1,500 checks quarterly to full-time child care providers. Meanwhile, part-time employees will get half of this.
Since the pandemic, Alabama has sponsored three funding programs to child care employees. A news outlet spoke with a representative from First Baptist Church in Huntsville, who told them that this money is well-deserved for these employees who are not being compensated.
Kristin Prasad, the minister for kids and families at First Baptist Church, said “Especially our full-time staff, they’re breadwinners for their families, many of them, so this is just going to make all the difference in the world to them.”
Who is Eligible?
The Child Care Workforce Stabilization Grants are open to any child care provider who has been licensed after March 11, 2021. The funds will be distributed to their part-time and full-time employees, who will be free to spend them as they see fit.
The application will be available starting next Monday, November 29. The monies might be distributed as early as December 17 to child care establishments.