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Department Of Social Services Has $25 Million To Spend On Childcare Support

Kealey Bultena

The Department of Social Services is receiving $25-million in federal Coronavirus relief funding to help struggling families. The money supports grants to  stabilize childcare businesses  so parents can go back to work or school. 

Laurie Gill is with  the Department of Social Services. She says the grants have  flexible uses.  

“They can use this to help pay childcare staff wages. They can use it for operating costs such as if they have rental costs, utilities, the food for the children, cleaning supplies, those kinds of things. And then if there are COVID related expenses we can cover; they can use the dollars for those things.” 

The state will contact  eligible providers  about the opportunity. Childcare business owners will have until July 23rd to submit their application for funding.

This story comes from a recent interview on SDPB's weekday radio program, "In the Moment." Listen to the full interview below.