Dear early care and education supporters --
Below is information on the release of "round 3" of CARES Act funds for child care programs, the Penn State Harrisburg study that informed the distribution of that funding and finally a video from Tracey Campanini, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning Deputy Secretary, which touches on a number of important topics. We encourage you to read them in full.
In addition, I'd like to draw attention to an important fact from the Penn State Harrisburg study. It found that COVID-19's impact on child care programs through Labor Day was $325 million in new costs and lost revenues. While we are incredibly grateful to our federal and state officials for the CARES Act funds, the total cost is more than the three rounds of CARES Act funding that child care providers will receive once round three is distributed. We also know programs will continue to incur new weekly costs in continued PPE purchases and lose revenue due to reduced capacity to implement the CDC guidance appropriately and lower enrollment as a result of parent concern -- just to name a few. Working families and our economy rely upon child care programs to thrive and our state and elected officials need to do more to support the sector so more programs do not close!
PennAEYC will not stop advocating for you. At the federal level we are working hard with our partners in the Start Strong PA campaign and NAEYC to encourage our congressional delegation to support a $50 billion stabilization fund for child care. At the state level, we've fought to halt the implementation of a policy to pay child care subsidies based on attendance, rather than enrollment prior to the pandemic, as we've heard your concern about the impact this will have on your programs. Unfortunately, that policy went into place yesterday. We are not giving up and are continuing to advocate that it be reversed until data is gathered to determine the potential impact.
Thank you to so many of you that participated in the recent action alert on the subsidy payment policy. Please stay tuned after Labor Day for continued action you can take with us at the state and federal levels.
In the meantime, be safe and well,
Jen and the PennAEYC Team