Center for American Progress Highlights the Role of Child Care Aware of Kansas in Optimizing Distribution of Pandemic Relief Funds

May 18, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

States can contract with some intermediaries who can rapidly distribute subgrants that create immediate financial relief for programs in need of a lifeline. In March 2020, for example, Child Care Aware of Kansas—a CCR&R—partnered with the state of Kansas to establish the Hero Relief Program, which offered subgrants directly to providers to sustain the supply of child care across the state, provided revenue replacement funds as enrollment in child care programs dropped, and compensated providers serving essential workers through bonuses. The program used CARES Act dollars to distribute more than $11 million in grants to more than 4,500 child care programs in Kansas in a mere six months.