Pa. funnels more money to child care centers imperiled by COVID-19

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By KYW Newsradio 1060
HARRISBURG, Pa.  (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is laying out his plan to distribute the latest round of funding to child care centers across the state. It will be the third distribution to child care programs, as the state has already doled out $220 million to the industry.

This additional $117 million will be distributed based on recommendations from a Penn State Harrisburg study on the effects of COVID-19 on the child care industry.

The Wolf administration says, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 200 of about 7,000 licensed child care providers across the state, have already announced they’re closing for good.

The Penn State Harrisburg study found that another 1,000 providers were at risk of closing without the additional funding.

Wolf calls a strong child care industry "a requirement for a healthy economy."