With students across the state spending some or all of their school week learning from home, a new grant program will ensure families have child care support. The School Age Program Grant 2020 provides eligible licensed centers and Department of Workforce Services (DWS)-approved, license-exempt programs funding to increase their capacity for school-age children.

“We want parents to know there are options available for their families during this non-traditional school year,” said Tracy Gruber, DWS Office of Child Care director. “Because of adjusted school plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become critical that students have a safe, supportive place to be cared for when school is out.”

Applications are now open for the School Age Program Grant 2020. The grants go directly to eligible licensed centers and DWS-approved, license-exempt programs so they have necessary resources to serve families. Among other requirements, programs receiving the funding must implement health and safety protocols and practices; meet quality standards; provide regular, formally supervised programs for school-age children (ages 5-12); ensure group sizes do not exceed 20; and prioritize serving students of essential employees and those who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The grants are made possible by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Child Care and Development Fund.

Resources and information about child care during COVID-19 are available at jobs.utah.gov/covid19.

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