Worker bonuses, child care credits part of Delco back-to-work initiative

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MEDIA, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A multi-level push has begun in Delaware County to get residents back to work, and to get small businesses the employees that they desperately need to continue their operations.

The Delaware County Council has approved two pandemic relief programs funded by the American Rescue Plan.

$350,000 will be allocated to the county's Back to Work Bonus initiative and a summer camp program to help job-seeking parents with their child care.

"These programs we started to help people get back to work, and to help people hire," County Councilwoman Elaine Paul Schafer said. She worked with the county's workforce development and commerce center to establish the summer camp plan.

The $100,000 allocated for that program provides $1,000 in summer camp credits to unemployed caregivers.

"(This) will really be helpful to people who have had their childcare arrangements...disturbed and upended during the pandemic, so this will help our parents get back to work," she added.

She said the $250,000 Back to Work Bonus is aimed at helping small local businesses compete with large companies who are paying people more to join their teams.

"We are offering our small companies and the opportunity to give $250 bonuses to employees who stay with them for 30 days," she said.

In addition to these programs, the council also approved a digital literacy series. It puts $60,000 into a program that helps adults gain skills needed to access information, and services online to get jobs.

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