The child care industry of Guam is at a very volatile state due to impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, putting severe restrictions on occupancy levels within the child daycare setting, as well as low attendance by families due to fear of putting their children in the daycare setting because of the potential of catching the Coronavirus. The current occupancy and attendance levels (20% to 50%) within the Guam child care centers, is placing child care providers in a precarious situation, where they are struggling to meet their minimal operational needs to stay open or are at the verge of shutting down. These child care centers/providers play a critical role in providing child care for Guam families, so that parents of these children using these child care services, are able to work, go to school, and be contributing members of the community.
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) made available one-time supplemental funding geared at stabilizing this fragile child care market with a focus on rebuilding a stronger child care system that supports the development and learning needs of children, meets parents’ needs and preferences with equal access to high-quality child care, and supporting a professionalized workforce that is fairly and appropriately compensated for the essential skilled work that they do. The ARP child care stabilization program requires that the stabilization program funds be issued to qualified and eligible child care providers to cover operational expenses as a way to stabilize these fragile child care industry and the many small businesses (i.e. qualified child care centers) that comprises the child care market.
To assist these childcare centers to recover and rebuild, the ARP Act appropriates $20,000,000.00 to direct aid. The establishment of the Guam Child Care Assistance Program-Stabilization 2021 (hereafter referred to as “CAPS2021”) will be administered by the Guam Economic Development Authority (hereafter referred to as the “GEDA”) pursuant to Governor Lourdes Leon Guerrero’s Executive Order (EO) 2021-28 executed on October 31, 2021.
- A federal certified Child Care and Development Fund ("CCDF") Provider as verified by the Department of Public Health and Social Services ("DPHSS")
- Meets applicable DPHSS health and safety requirements at the time of application including the completion of comprehensive background checks.
- In good standing with Guam's regulations for licensed or registered care. To be considered in good standing for the purposes of this program, a program must be compliant with current regulations and may not be in an active repayment process or the subject of an active investigation or enforcement action by DPHSS.
- Afterschool programs at public or private schools
- At home childcare centers
- Businesses that were once open and are now permanently closed
- Completed and signed program application
- Completed and signed self-certification
- Applicant's current Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) license, Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS)
- Copy of 2019 and 2020 Guam Income Tax with attached schedule C showing expenses
- Current monthly revenue / expenses from July 2021 through September 2021
- Prospective 2022 monthly expense / Coronavirus related costs and/or renovations
- Copy of current commercial lease or mortgage statement
- BASE GRANT
- 80% of monthly prospective 2022 expenses, as verified by previously reported eligible expenses X six (6) months.
- 80% of COVID-19 related expenses not already covered by other grants since January 31, 2020 and one time expenses for previous or prospective renovations and improvements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Net Enrollment impact (December 2019 enrollment minus September 2021 enrollment) X Monthly Average cost of Child Care X six (6) months