Daycare owners eager to get next wave of COVID-19 relief

Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 5:41 AM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The latest economic relief package includes $10 billion to help daycare providers keep the doors open for your child. Owners say continuing operations is a challenge that gets harder every day without the extra help.

“It’s great to know it’s there, but it’ll be more exciting when we actually get it,” said Sherman Collins with Baby Duck Academy. “Our costs are now.”

Business owners like Sherman Collins are ready to see the stimulus relief money for child care providers hit the bank account. The new stimulus package includes billions of desperately needed funds to help day care owners just make it through the year.

“I haven’t had to go into my own pocket, but we certainly had to make available reserve funds we had pre-COVID,” said Collins.

The owner of Baby Duck Academy in Birmingham is one of the lucky ones. According to a national survey by the National Association of Education of Young Children, 42 percent of child care providers polled said they’ve taken on debt swiping their personal credit card to keep operations running.

And although the costs are doubling, many cribs and much of the playground equipment are empty.

“A little over half of our original capacities,” said Collins. “We don’t have those monies to offset the increasing costs.”

The $10 billion in relief money can go towards things like payroll, rent and cleaning supplies. Collins hopes the roll out of money is similar to the first round of relief after the shutdown.

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