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Child care ‘hanging by a thread:’ Ohio providers push to continue federal ARPA subsidies

Published: Nov. 09, 2023, 12:28 p.m.

By Sabrina Eaton,

WASHINGTON, D. C. - For parents served by YMCA of Greater Cleveland child care programs, the $39 billion that the American Rescue Plan provided in 2021 to subsidize child care was a lifeline that helped it retain staff and services including summer camps and after-school programs.

“It was a win-win for our parents, to create affordable child care for them so they could go back to the workforce and be self-sufficient and take care of their families,” says Natisha Bowling, the organization’s vice president of youth development. The White House and Democrats in Congress want to continue those federal subsidies for child care, which expired at the end of September. A domestic spending bill that President Joe Biden unveiled last month would provide $16 billion in assistance to child care providers throughout the country.


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