Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Child Care Program will provide $10.5 million for Alaska child care providers to offset revenue lost during April and May.
The funding impacts the cost of care for children who are not eligible for child care assistance.
Commissioner Adam Crum said he was glad to be guiding more funding to child care providers, "We recognize their important role in continuing to reopen Alaska responsibly. We found that the funding available to this sector was not coming fast enough."
The funding will come from the Alaska CARES dollars.
In April the state received about $6.4 million from the CARES Act through the U.S. Administration for Children and Families for child care. They also received $2.6 million from the state.
If a child care provider was open at any time during April and or May, the flat rate per child will be $400. If a provider was closed for the entire month of April and/or May, the flat rate per child will be $200, regardless of attendance.
Each provider will receive payment based on their licensed capacity for April and May.