Nebraska DHHS announces second round of grants for child care providers

Applications for the Child Care Stabilization Grant will be accepted from April 8 until May 9.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has announced a second round of grants for child care providers.

Applications for the Child Care Stabilization Grant will be accepted from April 8 until May 9, DHHS says.

Providers that did not sign up for the first round are still elligible for the second round of funding.

The Child Care Stabilization Grant, a part of the American Rescue Plan Act, provides around $24 billion in relief funds to the child care industry.

Of the $24 billion, around $140 million has been given to Nebraska, with $93 million being used in the first round, according to DHHS.

DHHS says that child care providers can use the grants for the following:

  • Personnel costs, benefits, premium pay, recruitment and retention.
  • Rent or morgage payments, utilities, facilities maintenance, improvements or insurance.
  • Personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitation supplies and services, or training and professional development related to health and safety pracitces.
  • Updates or purchases of equipment and supplies needed to respond to COVID-19.
  • Goods and services necessary to maintain or resume child care services including food costs, toys, and outdoor playgrounds.
  • Mental health supports for children and employees.
  • Co-payment and tuition relief for families struggling to make child care payments, to the extent possible.
  • For those licensed on or before March 11, 2021, paying for financial losses incurred as of March 13, 2020, (the date of the declaration of public health emergency).

“The first round of Child Care Grants was exceedingly successful in getting child care providers the support they need. Since not all providers were able to take advantage of the first round, DHHS is excited to provide another opportunity for providers who missed out,” said Children and Family Services Director Stephanie Beasley said.

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