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ARPA Extension for Child Care Providers!

DHHS announced Sept. 15, 2022 that the Office of Child and Family Services will begin providing a Provider Transition Grant for licensed child care providers to help further stabilize and support child care providers in Maine using remaining ARPA funding.  


The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) will begin distributing the grants in October of 2022 to licensed child care providers to help further stabilize and support child care services in Maine. The grants will be administered over a period of eight months.      

For the months of October 2022 through January 2023, programs will be eligible to receive $50 per slot based on licensed capacity.  From February 2023 through May 2023, programs will be eligible to receive $25 per slot based on licensed capacity.

Funds will be distributed at the same time as the monthly Early Childhood Educator Workforce Salary Supplement Program with first installments issued in October. Note, this means beginning in October and ending after May of 2023, providers will receive one lump sum that includes both the salary supplements and the grants described in this memo. 

Additional information from OCFS will be forthcoming along with the registration for the Early Childhood Educator Workforce Salary Supplement Program.

These funds are intended to be used in accordance with the guidelines set forth under the ARPA stabilization grant.  Please view those guidelines here:

https://video.maine.edu/media/ARPA%20Webinar%20Recording/1_2dax53ys

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FCCAM works to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine. We understand the critical role of child care providers in the lives of children and families. Through collaboration with other organizations we work to increase awareness of our profession and the value of a strong child care system to Maine's diverse communities.