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Sun Apr 25, 2021, 04:58 PM

Another big federal grant for American Samoa -- this time addressing COVID-19 related needs for child

Another big federal grant for the territory — this time addressing COVID-19 related needs for child care

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Governor Lemanu P.S. Mauga announced this past week that American Samoa, through the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS), received grant awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the amount of $49,606,689 through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021.

This is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s $39 billion in American Rescue Plan funding to rescue the child care industry so the economy can recover.

Governor Lemanu stated, “I am grateful to the Biden-Harris Administration for placing a priority on addressing the child care crisis caused by COVID-19 and for including American Samoa and other territories in this funding. Like child care supplemental funds that have been made available to us through the CARES, Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, ARPA resources will also be dedicated to addressing the needs of child care providers and families resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The DHSS Child Care Division will work closely with their ACF OCC Region IX counterparts to develop and submit a plan that aligns with the intents and requirements for these ARPA funds.”

As the lead agency for the CCDF program in American Samoa, the DHSS Child Care Division will integrate these funds to supplement initiatives that mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 across our early learning and care system that are data-driven, child-focused, family-friendly, fair to providers, and supportive of workers.

Read more: https://www.samoanews.com/local-news/another-big-federal-grant-territory-time-addressing-covid-19-related-needs-child-care

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