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Sign Our Petition: Ask State and Local Officials to Help Child Care Through This Crisis

May 29, 2020

Child care programs have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic as a critical support for families that have needed it.

Alaska’s reopening and economic recovery depends on child care being there for families and businesses now more than ever.

This crisis has pushed these small businesses to the brink of insolvency with decreased enrollment revenue and higher operating costs due to evolving health and safety mandates.

Some programs have had to temporarily close and are considering how to reopen.

To reopen the economy safely and responsibly, Alaska needs more child care capacity. But, child care programs need financial support to weather this storm and be there for our community.

thread, Alaska's Child Care Resource and Referral Network, estimates child care will need a minimum public investment of $10 million per month (beginning in April 2020) throughout the pandemic and recovery process.

This investment will:

  • Bring a level of stability to the child care programs that are open.
  • Help closed child care programs to reopen.
  • Supplement program costs related to increased staffing needs, health and safety mitigation, obtaining supplies, and more.
  • Ensure working families can return to the workplace.
  • Maintain affordable child care rates for families during this period.

Please take a moment to sign thread's petition, urging Governor Dunleavy, and state and local leaders, to fulfill their promise to our community to reopen Alaska responsibly.

Sign the Petition