Chester County offering $15M in grant money to child care providers, families

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Chester County families and child care providers will be receiving some much needed COVID-19 relief through a couple of CARES Act grant programs that became available this week.

George Fiore, executive director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit,  said his office has already received more than 150 applications for a slice of $15 million in federal grant money.

He said $10 million will go to low- and moderate-income families who need child care.

“You think of what is the biggest obstacle for families in this pandemic. One is being able to get work and being able to also educate their children,” said Fiore. “This is a great way of getting Chester County back to work, back to school and also helping one of the most vulnerable populations of the county.”

County Commissioner Marion Moskowitz said $5 million has been set aside for child care providers.

“To help them with unexpected costs related to COVID-expansion, PPEs, things like that to make sure that children are safe as well as training their employees,” she said.

This is a first-come, first-served operation that is moving quickly. Applications to the intermediate unit have to be in by Oct. 30, and all funds must be spent by the end of the year.

The funding is available for families with children from birth to 12 years of age.

Children with disabilities are eligible through age 21. There are also eligibility guidelines.