(The Center Square) – Georgia will use $ 95 million in federal aid to help meet childcare costs for approximately 50,000 children, officials said this week.

The money for the program comes from the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which was incorporated into law by former President Donald Trump in December.

The Georgian Ministry of Early Education and Learning will pay the parents’ share of the costs for low-income Georgians who are already receiving a scholarship as part of their childcare program.

“The abolition of family fees will greatly improve families’ access to quality childcare during this time when their ability to pay childcare co-payments may be compromised,” Elisabetta Kasfir, deputy commissioner for child and parenting services, said in a Explanation.

The initiative will cover the parent’s share from the beginning of this week through the week of October 2, 2022.

According to Childcare Aware of America, a network of childcare agencies, the average annual price for full-time childcare at a Georgia childcare center is about $ 8,729. Officials said the federally funded initiative would save skilled parents an average of $ 1,820 per year per child.

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The parents would still be responsible for other costs such as transportation and meals.

Georgia ranked 32nd out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for its childcare system in a recent report on the financial website Wallethub.com. WalletHub assessed the cost of childcare, paediatricians per capita, the proportion of accredited day care centers, the ratio of children to carers, and the quality of day care and the school system.

Governor Brian Kemp said the availability of childcare was one of the reasons behind his decision last week to end additional federal unemployment for benefits for unemployed Georgians.

Kemp’s office said last week that state officials would provide resources such as job search assistance, education, training, childcare, transportation and safe work initiatives for workers, families and employers.

“As more Georgians return to work, they are proud to work with them [The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning] To provide 95 million US dollars [child care] Funding to help low-income families, “Kemp said in a tweet Friday.

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