Child care providers can now apply for another round of COVID-19 funding

Child care providers can now apply for another round of COVID-19 funding
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ATLANTA — There is some good news for Georgia’s child care providers.

Starting Monday, providers can apply for a second round of Short Term Assistance Benefit for Licensed Entities (STABLE) payments from the state.

The money comes from the CARES act passed by Congress earlier this year.

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In the first round of STABLE payments, the Department of Early Care and Learning gave out more than $38.8 million to nearly 3,800 licensed child care providers.


“The second round of STABLE payments will be paid to licensed child care providers who are open and serving families based on their attendance in October 2020. Providers will receive $240 for each child who attended child care in-person at least one day during the month,” DECAL said in a news release.

“We know that family child care learning homes and child care learning centers in Georgia are struggling as a result of COVID-19,” DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs said. “To expedite these payments, we are developing a simple application that will ask for attendance by age and by program, including the CAPS program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program.”

The state believes this next round of STABLE payments could total $55 million depending on the response.

Providers can apply for STABLE through December 2, 2020, using DECAL’s KOALA portal for child care providers.

Payments will begin after the application period closes.

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