Licensed child care providers may be eligible for grants

Up to $5 million in federal funds

OW Staff Writer | 9/18/2020, midnight

This week, Los Angeles County began begin accepting applications for grants of up to $40,000 from licensed childcare providers struggling to keep their doors open.

The county expects to award a total of $5 million in federal coronavirus relief funding through 225 lottery-based grants, including 150 to family childcare homes, which typically operate inside a private home, and 75 to licensed childcare centers.

The Childcare Provider Grant Program, operated by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA), is open to eligible operators countywide, with the exception of those in the city of Los Angeles, which has its own pool of federal grant funding.

Without this money, many operators might be forced to shut down, the head of the LACDA said.

“The COVID-19 CARES Act Childcare Provider Grant Program created by the Board of Supervisors recognizes that childcare providers play a key role as an essential industry and have been suffering due to the economic impact of the pandemic,’’ said LACDA Acting Director Emilio Salas. “Many providers are unable to sustain operations with diminishing enrollment, and our hope is that this program will provide much needed economic assistance.’’

Licensed centers will be eligible to receive $40,000, while family childcare homes will be eligible to receive $10,000.