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June 05, 2020
As Alaska reopens, financial support to licensed child care is needed to ensure this critical community infrastructure reopens safely and responsibly. That is why thread recently sent a letter to officials from Alaska’s cities, boroughs and municipalities urging them invest a minimum of 10% of the federal CARES Act funding allocated by the Alaska State Legislature to support licensed child care programs.
Licensed child care is an essential state infrastructure and a vital part of our economic recovery. Working families cannot continue to go to work or return to the workplace without it. A lack of licensed child care will be a significant barrier to businesses reopening successfully.
While child care has been on the frontlines of the pandemic, nearly 50% of licensed child care programs were temporarily closed. Child care businesses operate on razor-thin margins, and have fewer resources available to them than public schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many of these small businesses to the brink of permanent closure.
thread 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:
Thank you for making child care a top priority for stabilizing our economy and for Alaska’s families.
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