On September 18, 2023, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Children and Family Services (CFS) offered an opportunity for child care providers, who previously received the Child Care Stabilization Grant, to apply for an additional grant payment.
Governor Jim Pillen recently approved this one-time grant payment being funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The payment will alleviate the pressure of rising operational costs impacting Nebraska’s child care providers.
“These additional grants are vital to the continued stabilization of child care programs and DHHS is keenly focused on strengthening business operations of this industry and elevating the wages of this workforce. These funds are a key component of this continued effort,” said CFS Interim Division Director Tony Green.
This grant payment will financially assist approximately 2,250 child care providers who must respond to the one-time grant payment survey by September 30, 2023, the federal obligation deadline associated with these pandemic funds. Eligible Child Care Stabilization Grant recipients received an email with information about how to apply.
A letter will also be mailed and will outline the eligibility guidelines and funding uses which include workforce supports and operational expenses. DHHS encourages providers to respond promptly to ensure timely processing of the application.
Child care providers who have questions about the process, eligibility or the survey can email firstname.lastname@example.org.