Nebraska invests millions to alleviate strain on childcare workforce

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services is investing $66 million into the state’s childcare workforce to recognize workers.

A local department official, Roger Robinson, says workshop hardship has caused challenges for many forcing many in the field to leave.

“This is why the Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to alleviate some of that strain, by implementing the workforce stipend and loan repayment funds,” he said.

The expansion project, funded through the Division of Children and Family Services, will help with existing childcare providers, their employees, or home providers.

Robinson says several information sessions will be offered in Spanish and English to discuss eligibility, how to apply and more.

Incentives include student loan repayment grants and workforce stipends for current licensed childcare providers and staff.

“We are receiving feedback from the communities in Nebraska so they can assist us in helping us build the infrastructure, so this is a great program,” Robinson said.

“This is a great opportunity for childcare providers across the state of Nebraska, and this will roll out continuously throughout the year.”

More information can be found at the Childcare and Development Fund Grant Opportunities.

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