$10M in child care assistance available for families in Chester County

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For families in Chester County, $10 million in COVID-19 child care assistance is up for grabs. Officials are encouraging people to apply for the program, which runs until the end of the year.

More than 600 families have already taken advantage of the county's grant program, and officials say in most cases, people can have their full child care cost taken care of.

“Families are under a lot of stress, a lot of pressure and potentially a lot of unexpected expenses, so if we can provide some relief for childcare costs, that was the intent of this,” explained Kim Bowman, the county’s director of human services.

But funds and time are running out on the program, Bowman said.

“Over 1,100 children are currently being supported in terms of their child care costs. I suggest they apply as quickly as possible,” she said.

The funding is available through Dec. 30.

Bowman said families with children up to the age of 12 should apply, as well as those who have dependents with disabilities up to the age of 21.

The county also has a $5 million grant for child care providers, as many of them have an immediate need for coronavirus-related personal protective equipment.

For more information and to get to the application, click here.