Hagåtña, Guam – Realizing the need to expand services to children, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has signed Executive Order 2021-28, relative to launching the Guam Child Care Provider Assistance Program. The program provides for $20 million in child care stabilization funds as authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), for the purpose of providing assistance to licensed child care providers.
“As a first action, we established the Division of Children’s Wellness within Public Health, ensuring a focused effort on youth-centric programs. With the creation of the Guam Child Care Provider Assistance Program, we are making the investment in the child care industry who, throughout the pandemic, struggled to stabilize operations in the face of closures and occupancy restrictions resulting from the surges in COVID-19 we experienced over the last year and a half,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “With these funds, our goal is to help stabilize daycares and provide the support services for our essential workers and families needing to return to work. This investment will also allow for improvements to child care facilities to make them safer in line with public health measures.”
“We actively reached out to our child care centers to understand the barriers they were facing in sustaining their business and how we could effectively allocate our resources to provide this funding promptly. With this effort, we continue our commitment to the safety and wellness of our children in supporting excellent child care on island. I strongly encourage child care providers to apply for these funds to support their operations and expand capacity,” said Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio.
Interim Guidance will be available on Friday, November 5, 2021 on investguam.com.