Virginia Invests $203.6 Million to Expand Access to Child Care

Virginia Invests $203.6 Million to Expand Access to Child Care

Virginia Invests Over $203.6 Million to Expand Access to Child Care, Increase Support for Providers
Families with household income of up to 85 percent of the state median income with children five and younger now eligible to receive subsidies

RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam announced that an additional $203.6 million in federal stimulus funds and expanded eligibility criteria for the Child Care Subsidy Program will help further stabilize Virginia’s early childhood care and education system, provide child care assistance to additional families as they seek stable employment or return to work, and deliver critical operational and technical resources to new and returning child care providers.

First Lady Pamela Northam and House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn celebrated the new investments during a virtual meeting of the Northam Administration’s Children’s Cabinet on Thursday.  Video of the First Lady and Speaker at yesterday’s meeting is available here.

“Early educators have been diligent and dedicated to keeping children safe and meeting the needs of our youngest Virginians since the early days of this public health crisis,” said Governor Northam.  “As we emerge from the pandemic, the strength of our recovery will depend upon our ability to help families return to the workforce and provide quality, affordable options for early childhood care and education. 

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