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
Stock photo of a childcare center. (Pixabay.com)

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.

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“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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