FAMILY

Grant worth $1.46 million awarded to Salt Lake County’s childcare centers

Oct 12, 2022, 9:00 PM | Updated: 9:42 pm
A grant worth $1.46 million has been awarded to Salt Lake County's childcare and early head start c...
The Utah Department of Workforce Services’ South County Employment Center in Taylorsville is pictured on Friday, March 19, 2021. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)
(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — A grant worth $1.46 million has been awarded to Salt Lake County’s childcare and early head start centers.

The grant comes from the Utah Department of Workforce Services Office of Childcare. And it is part of the American Rescue Plan Act. 

According to a news release, the funds will pay each center a set amount monthly through September 2023.

The money will allow each center to purchase supplies and equipment that will allow for a safe and productive learning environment. 

Salt Lake County’s childcare centers

“We need to make it easier for parents and caregivers to both work and afford childcare,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson in a news release. “Our children are the next generation. If we want them to grow up to be bold and ambitious adults, their parents need to at least have the option of affordable childcare. Without affordable childcare, children, parents, and society as a whole will suffer.” 

Currently, there are four licensed childcare centers, and three early head start locations in Salt Lake County.

According to the news release, roughly 4,000 children are served yearly by these centers.

“Our childcare centers are located throughout the county, with several centers strategically located in underserved areas,” said Julie Peck-Dabling, recreation section manager for Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation in a news release. “Like many of the programs offered by Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, we try to keep our rates low enough that parents can afford this crucial service for their children while also balancing other expense.” 

Read more:

Today’s Top Stories

Family

Holiday Police Pay-it-Forward event....
Waverly Golden

Salt Lake City Police Department hosts holiday Pay-it-Forward event

Salt Lake City Police Department along with SLC School District paired 50 children with a police officer for a holiday shopping experience.
1 day ago
This morning the Gary Sinise Foundation's Snowball Express made a pit stop at the new SLC Airport o...
Waverly Golden

Snowball Express arrives at Salt Lake City Airport

On Dec. 3 the Gary Sinise Foundation's Snowball Express made a pit stop at the new SLC Airport on its way to Orlando Walt Disney World. 
1 day ago
A new Utah population estimate finds that most of the people that moved to or within Utah between J...
Simone Seikaly

Utah population update: 60K+ people have moved here since 2021

The Utah population spike noted this year is the greatest increase in 16 years. However, growth is expected to decline going forward.
2 days ago
Ballet West "Nutcracker" battle scene....
Waverly Golden

Ballet West continues longstanding tradition, The Nutcracker

Until Dec. 24, Ballet West will be showing performances of The Nutcracker at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City.
2 days ago
The open house for the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Sain...
Mark Jones

Open house for San Juan Puerto Rico Temple begins this week

The San Juan Puerto Rico Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold an open house Dec. 1-17. It will be dedicated on Jan. 15, 2023.
5 days ago
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the locations ...
Mark Jones

Church announces locations for six previously announced temples

Locations for six previously announced temples were announced Monday by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Grant worth $1.46 million awarded to Salt Lake County’s childcare centers