Pennsylvania child care workers can now apply to get one-time relief payment

By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania child care workers can now apply to get a one-time relief payment from the state.

Child care workers could receive individual, one-time $600 pandemic relief checks. To be eligible, you have to work a minimum of 20 hours and earn less than $70,000 a year. The application must be made through the licensed child care provider where you work.

"We wanted to recognize staff who had worked during the March-through-December time period so they had to continue to be employed, but they had to be employed prior to Dec. 30,” said Tracey Campanini, deputy secretary for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

She said the child care industry had faced hardship through the pandemic.

"There are a lot of stories that we're hearing about workers having increased personal costs in order to ensure their own safety or perhaps that they were experiencing decreased hours because families may not have decided to return to child care at the same level as prior to the pandemic,” Campanini said.

She said the $20 million available should cover about 33,000 workers, which is about three quarters of those who are eligible.

But Campanini added centers should apply regardless so that their employees can be put on a grant waiting list if additional funds become available later.