Scott Applauds Over $70 Million in Emergency COVID-19 Child Care Funding for Virginia

April 17, 2020
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) announcement that Virginia will receive over $70 million in emergency child care funding as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed on March 27, 2020. The funding comes from the CARES Act’s emergency increase in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which was given an additional $3.5 billion to support child care programs. 

HHS announced that the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds will be available for states to use immediately. Virginia’s $70 million will provide direct assistance to child care providers to help them maintain operations so that they are able to serve children of essential personnel, support low-income families who rely on child care subsidies, and help providers that are temporarily closed so that they are ready to reopen when the time is right.

“The CARES Act provides critical emergency funding to help Virginia’s workers and families cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congressman Scott. “I am pleased that we were able to secure over $70 million in financial support for child care in the Commonwealth. This funding will provide child care to the essential workers keeping our communities safe and running and ensure child care providers can stay in business and pay their staff over the next couple of months while providers deal with this public health crisis. In the coming weeks, I will work with my colleagues to give communities more resources to child care and early learning services to ensure children are well-supported and providers are able to stay afloat during the entirety of this crisis.”

To read more about emergency child care funding under the CARES Act, click here.


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