2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Conference Report)

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Support Short-Term Child Care Needs (language only)

Item 350 #1c

Item 350 #1c

Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services


Page 156, strike lines 23 through 27, and insert:

"T. Out of this appropriation, $16,600,000 from the general fund and $16,600,000 from federal Coronavirus Relief Funds the first year shall be used to contract with local partners to provide support to school divisions, local governments, and other entities, including religious institutions and community centers, for the  provision of space to increase local capacity to provide care for school-age children, purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies, and provide a stable financial environment for the operation of these programs. School divisions, local governments, and local departments of social services shall cooperate with local partners receiving these funds to maximize the number of school-age children served.  In addition, local partners are encouraged to use these funds to support a diverse set of providers with these funds including existing child day centers, family day homes, religious institutions, and other organizations seeking to provide such services. Within this appropriation, the federal Coronavirus Relief funds shall be expended prior to the expenditure of general fund amounts for this purpose."


(This amendment modifies language in the introduced budget to add $16.6 million in federal Coronavirus Relief funds to support short-term child care efforts. The introduced budget provided $16.6 million from the general fund to expand the potential providers of space for short-term child care. This amendment also includes other entities such as religious institutions and community centers and encourages the development of local partnerships with a diverse set of providers. With the addition of the federal CARES Act amount, a total of $33.2 million will be available for these efforts. A companion amendment in Central Accounts provides the nongeneral fund appropriation from the CARES Act.)