A third of child care providers in PA could permanently close because of revenue losses during the pandemic

Written by on May 28, 2020

A third of child care providers in PA could permanently close because of revenue losses during the pandemic

By Sarah Schneider, WESA

May 28, 2020

Child care advocates say providers are going to need a lot more money to stay afloat during the pandemic. WESA’s Sarah Schneider reports they told state democratic Senate and House policy committee members Wednesday that as many as a third of providers are at risk of permanently closing.

Advocates say without a substantial investment of state and federal funds – upwards of 140 million dollars – centers will close and parents in need of child care will have a hard time getting back to work.

Cara Ciminillo is the director of Pittsburgh-based advocacy group Trying Together. She says lost tuition has dealt a financial blow to centers that were already operating on slim margins.

“These financial losses paired with what is likely to be slow demand and uncertainty with respect to the pandemic continuing could collapse the entire sector,” said Ciminillo.

The state has received 106 million dollars from the federal CARES Act for child care and about half will be issued to providers in the state’s yellow phase. Advocates asked for the rest of that money now because providers need to buy cleaning supplies and hire more staff to lower teacher to staff ratios.


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