Community Care and After School Care Programs Launch June 6;
Application Period Open through June 22
Hagåtña, Guam – The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration, in coordination with the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) and the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), announces the launch of the Governor’s Community Care and After School Child Care Programs. These programs fall under Prugråman i Pinilan i Famagu’on Guåhan (Prugråman Pinilan) making child care more affordable and accessible for working families. Community organizations, non-profit groups, and eligible local businesses are encouraged to apply. The application period opens on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 12 p.m. and will remain open through June 22, 2022, subject to the availability of funds. Application and eligibility information is available on investguam.com.
The Governor’s Community Care Program supports programs such as summer camps offered by village mayors, non-profit organizations, and residential communities offering programs for children ages 5 to 13 years old. The Governor’s After School Care Program supports programs for local private schools and non-school providers, such as performing arts studios, martial arts centers, and sports camps providing services to children ages 5 to 13 years old who are not already receiving Guam Department Education (GDOE) funding. Funding can cover personnel costs, rent, utilities, facilities maintenance, insurance, personal protective equipment, supplies, goods, services, and/or mental health services. Award amounts shall not exceed $50,000 per organization.
“Community and after-school programs help our children grow and thrive while keeping our communities safe and healthy,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “We invite local businesses and non-profit groups who currently offer youth programs and after-school activities to apply for these programs today. We know that affordability and access to childcare is a major challenge for many families, and these programs will provide relief to working families, support local businesses, and promote a healthy and prosperous future for Guam.”
“Our Prugråman Pinilan initiatives are helping many more parents rejoin or stay in the workforce while giving local businesses and non-profits the support they need,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “These programs also give working families increased buying power and give our kids tremendous opportunities to learn new skills and strengthen our community.”
To apply for the Governor’s Community Care and After School Child Care Programs, child care providers must have either a Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) License or CCDF Certification issued by the DPHSS or a current business license issued by the Department of Revenue and Taxation (DRT) on or before March 11, 2021, pursuant to federal law and guidelines for the CCDF program. Additional eligibility requirements can be found on investguam.com. Grant funds must be used within one year following the grant award or no later than July 31, 2023.
For more information, visit investguam.com or contact GEDA at 671-647-4332.