Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation Allocating $10 Million in COVID-19 Relief Funds to Child Care Providers

By: Olivia Armstrong, Writer / Follow South Jersey News Reporting Intern

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

PARAMUS, N.J. — On April 14, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to allocate $10 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid to child care providers throughout New Jersey. The bill is part of a five-bill, $100 million relief effort aimed at helping New Jersey’s economy recover from the year-long pandemic, with this bill specifically supporting the child care providers who are in need of aid because of the pandemic.

“Child care providers are absolutely critical to New Jersey’s workforce, and the COVID-19 pandemic has hit them especially hard. This legislation will help to ensure that these providers can continue to weather the pandemic and remain open and able to meet the needs of so many New Jerseyans who rely on them.” Gov. Murphy said in a statement.

Within this past year, childcare providers went through many struggles due to COVID-19 striving to keep local kids happy and healthy. The pandemic, however, made this more difficult with safety measures in place and, in some cases, closures.

Thanks to the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, child care providers throughout the state will be able to to remain open with all the resources they need available to them. The New Jersey Economic Development Administration will make an announcement when applications for grants from this bill open up.

More than 3,000 child care providers have received grants to maintain their operations thanks to other COVID-19 relief-related measures taken by New Jersey.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.