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State awards $ 7.5 million in grants to improve child care sites


Massachusetts has provided $ 7.5 million in grants to help daycares renovate buildings and address safety concerns related to COVID-19, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said on Tuesday.

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

“Our administration is pleased to support child care providers across the Commonwealth who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to care for children and support families returning to work,” Baker said in a statement.

Subsidies for preschool education and out-of-school time are financed from the state investment budget, with corresponding funding coming from private investments. Over $ 200 million has been awarded since the start of the program. This year’s funding amount is the largest ever.

The funding aims to improve learning environments for children who often spend more than 40 hours per week in preschool and after-school learning programs. About 80% of the children served by grant recipients come from low-income families.

“With these critical investments, we can help child care providers, serving low-income communities, improve their facilities to improve quality and provide young learners with resources to succeed in the classroom and on the job. beyond, “Education Secretary James Peyser said in a statement. .

This year’s grant recipients include the YMCA of Greater Boston, East Boston Community Centers, the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club, and other child care venues across the state.