State awards $7.5M in grants to enhance little one care websites

Massachusetts has given $ 7.5 million in grants to help childcare facilities renovate buildings and address safety concerns related to COVID-19, Republican Governor Charlie Baker announced Tuesday.

Grants of up to $ 250,000 have been made to 36 organizations that primarily serve low-income families. It is part of an annual grant program with the Children’s Investment Fund charity. This year the focus is on making capital improvements needed during the pandemic.

“Our administration is excited to support childcare providers across the Commonwealth who have worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic to look after children and assist families return to work,” Baker said in a statement.

The scholarships for early education and out-of-school time are financed from the state budget, with corresponding funds from private investments. More than $ 200 million has been awarded since the program began. This year’s funding is the largest to date.

The grant is designed to improve the learning environment for children, who often spend more than 40 hours a week in early childhood and extracurricular programs. Around 80% of the children cared for by scholarship holders come from low-income families.

“With these important investments, we can help childcare providers serve low-income communities, upgrade their facilities to improve quality, and provide young learners with resources to thrive in the classroom and beyond,” Education Secretary James Peyser said in a Explanation .

This year’s grant recipients include the Greater Boston YMCA, East Boston Social Centers, West Springfield Boys and Girls Club, and other childcare facilities across the state.

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