Virginia secures more than $200 million to expand access to child care, better education systems

Families with household income of up to 85% of the state median income now eligible for child care program

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Gov. Ralph Northam has secured a grant that he feels will help more families have access to child care and support as they seek stable employment.

On Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Virginia is investing an additional $203.6 million in federal stimulus funds to help more families qualify for Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy Program.

Due to Virginia’s expansion, families with a household income of up to 85% of the state median income with children five and younger can now receive financial support through the program.

Northam said that the expansion and funding will help improve Virginia’s child care by providing new and returning child care providers with operational and technical resources.

“Early educators have been diligent and dedicated to keeping children safe and meeting the needs of our youngest Virginians since the early days of this public health crisis,” said Northam. “As we emerge from the pandemic, the strength of our recovery will depend upon our ability to help families return to the workforce and provide quality, affordable options for early childhood care and education. These additional investments will help address the challenges child care providers are facing and ensure we can continue to deliver critical resources to those most in need now and into the future.”

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