The bill creates 4 new grant programs to increase capacity for early childhood care and education, improve recruitment and retention rates for early childhood educators (educators), and improve salaries for educators.
Specifically, the bill creates the following programs:
- The employer-based child care facility grant program;
- The early care and education recruitment and retention grant and scholarship program;
- The child care teacher salary grant program; and
- The community innovation and resilience for care and learning equity (CIRCLE) grant program.
The bill also eliminates the repeal dates for the child care sustainability grant program and the emerging and expanding child care grant program.
The bill appropriates money for the grant programs from the general fund as well as from federal funds from the child care development fund.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)