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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.” 

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