Child Care Services Association hoped to learn how the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds were used to support the early childhood workforce. This issue brief, Addressing the Early Childhood Workforce Crisis through Stabilization Grants, and the case studies were developed through interviews with child care providers. They provide a snapshot of the effects on child care programs in the early months of the Stabilization Grants.
“Perfect Timing”: How CCSA’s COVID-19 Relief Fund Made a Significant Difference for Child Care Programs Across N.C.
Awarded child care programs share the impact of the grant first-hand: “…The timing [of the CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund] was perfect. It came at a point in time where there was a lot of uncertainty and a lot of demand for us to stay open, but we didn’t know what that was supposed to look like and we weren’t getting a lot of guidance.”
Determined. Dedicated. Committed. Those are just a few words that describe Child Care WAGE$® participant, Ellen Devenny. Ellen is an assistant teacher at a five-star private NC Pre-K center in Gaston County, and graduated in May 2019 with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education with a 4.0 GPA. She walked across the stage at age 62.
“The AWARD$ Plus program helped me out big time. It has helped us get through [the COVID-19] crisis,” said Chris Tryon. Read more on our blog.