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Funding Assistance Available for Medford Child Care Providers

Backpacks hanging on shelf in classroomMedford nonprofit child care providers can now apply for federal funding assistance made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The Medford City Council has allocated $50,000 to help child care providers in need of funds to maintain or build capacity as an existing emergency child care facility. These funds are also available for child care providers hoping to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible capacity building expenses would include labor; supplies; materials; and/or the lease of a facility.

The City worked collaboratively with representatives from six local advisory agencies to identify the best ways to allocate these federal dollars to serve local families.

“Being invited to participate with the Committee to discuss the Child Care Assistance Grant was a great opportunity to share information on the critical importance of child care for families and children, and to highlight the essential role of child care in supporting the workforce. It was heartening and encouraging to see the Committee members engage with this issue - which we know is so important - and to take the need for quality, affordable child care seriously and worthy of support,” said Mary Wolf, Manager of the Child Care Resource Network.

“Speaking for our early childhood community, I hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership. Thank you for including Child Care Resource Network and Southern Oregon Early Learning Services in this process.”

The application is available on here and is due on Sunday, September 13 at 4 p.m. Applications will be evaluated by the City’s Community Development Grants Commission (CDGC) as well as members from the Early Care and Education Workforce Committee. Final funding approval will be made by City Council.

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