CARES Act grants available for Yolo County childcare providers

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Yolo County and First 5 Yolo have made available grants of up to $3,000 to childcare providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The limited funds — which will be disbursed on a first come, first served basis — come from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (known as the CARES act). Applications are available at https://www.First5Yolo.org/providers/apply-for-funding.

All eligible caregivers, including childcare centers, family home-based childcare and license-exempt family, friend and neighbor caregivers are encouraged to submit an application if they have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, either from a COVID exposure or the need to mitigate against exposures.

“This includes childcare providers closing temporarily for a quarantine period or experiencing a loss of revenue or additional expenditures because of a COVID exposure involving a child, parent, or staff member,” said the announcement from First 5 Yolo.

Protection measures such as creating outdoor learning spaces or purchasing hand washing stations and mitigation measures such as replacing toys and materials or the deep cleaning of facilities also qualify for this funding. Grant amounts will vary based on the type of funding requested and size of childcare setting.

“As we continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever that childcare providers can operate safely,” said the announcement. “First 5 Yolo is pleased to offer this funding opportunity and is committed to supporting vital childcare resources in our community as providers continue to provide high-quality essential services.”

Visit First5yolo.org to learn more.

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