California child care centers, workers to benefit from $1 billion in federal relief

By Jeong Park


A new round of federal coronavirus relief could help California’s essential workers pay for child care and could keep the lights on at child care centers struggling to stay open, according to advocates for the centers.

The COVID-19 stimulus package President Donald Trump signed this week provides about $10 billion for child care providers, including Head Start. California expects to receive about $1 billion of that money, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press conference last week.

“I hope this investment will help some of the programs on the edge,” said Christine Johnson-Staub, a senior policy analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Law and Social Policy.

The money can help providers pay for pandemic-specific expenses such as hand sanitizer, Wi-Fi equipment and computers to support distance learning, said Johnson-Staub, with the Center for Law and Social Policy.

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