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South Carolina increasing payments to child care providers

Oct. 23, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's social services agency says it is now paying more money to providers in the program that subsidizes child care for low-income families. The state's Department of Social Services announced Wednesday that the agency has set up a new...

New Mexico awards $157M in grants to child care providers

Oct. 20, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s child care department is sending millions to child care centers in an effort to keep them in business, awarding grants to pay for everything from salaries to rent. The state Early Childhood Education and Care Department announced...

Biden focuses on climate, families in trimmed $2T plan

Oct. 19, 2021 22:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scaling down his “build back better” plans, President Joe Biden on Tuesday described a more limited vision to Democratic lawmakers of a $2 trillion government-overhaul package with at least $500 billion to tackle climate change and money for middle-class priorities —...

Georgia to add child care spots, boost payments to providers

Oct. 19, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia will add another 10,000 children to a program that subsidizes child care for lower-income families while also increasing payment rates to child care centers. The state Department of Early Care and Learning announced the plan Monday, saying it will...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Oct. 13, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

Charleston Gazette-Mail. Oct. 12, 2021. Editorial: Are Manchin’s latest concerns more about money? Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is holding up the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan, along with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema,...

Tennessee increasing child care aid rates for providers

Sep. 30, 2021 04:15 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say they are increasing the reimbursement rate the state pays child care providers on behalf of families who need help shouldering the cost of care. The Tennessee Department of Human Services says child care payment...

Whitmer signs bills to complete budget, hails bipartisanship

Sep. 29, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed off on $55 billion in spending to complete the state budget, hailing the bipartisan bills as an example of finding common ground with Republicans despite partisan tension during the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Maine group to hold forum about how to help unvaccinated

Sep. 27, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine organization has scheduled an event designed to help residents talk to their family members and neighbors about the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Maine Community Action Partnership has slated the “Encouraging...

Biden plan seeks to expand education, from pre-K to college

Sep. 27, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democrats push ahead with President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, they’re promising historic investments across the arc of an education — from early childhood to college and beyond — in what advocates describe as the most comprehensive package of...

Michigan budget boosts child care, keeps caregiver pay hike

Sep. 21, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will make more kids eligible for child care subsidies, equip state troopers with body cameras and make permanent a pandemic wage hike for nursing home workers and other caregivers under the next state budget, poised for initial approval Tuesday. ...