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Park City child-care assistance program launches in 2024

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Friday, December 29, 2023   

A partnership launching next year in Utah has the goal to expand child-care access and affordability for families who live and work in Park City.

Park City Municipal and nationwide child-care network Upwards announced the needs-based scholarship program that will offer qualified families assistance in covering the cost of child care.

Jessa Santangelo, vice president for business development and community impact with Upwards, said the program came to life after numerous working families in Park City shared the barriers they were facing relating to accessing affordable and available child care - which Santangelo said impacts families' overall economic mobility.

She said the program has the potential to grow and help more families.

"I see this as a pioneer program really helping to shape the landscape of what is going on in the child-care ecosystem at the city, county, state, federal level," said Santangelo. "And I am really excited for us to also be looking at how we engage, for example, employers to become part of those solutions to child care as well."

Santangelo said the scholarship program could grant residents of Park City who reside within the ZIP code 84060 up to $1,700 per child per month for children up to kindergarten age.

On top of the resident scholarship, she added that there is what she calls a "workforce scholarship" - which is intended for those who work but don't live within Park City.

Those individuals could receive $200 per child per month. Now, if you live and work in Park City, you could qualify for both.

Santangelo said she is excited to see how the program not only helps families but also child-care providers' lives.

The scholarship program also includes a provider incentive. For every child enrolled at a provider location, the provider would receive an additional $300 per month.

"That sort of income to child-care providers, who traditionally have been on the federal poverty line themselves or are struggling to make ends meet," said Santangelo, "is instrumental to stabilizing and keeping them in the industry."

Santangelo said scholarships and child-care provider assistance will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each month starting Monday and will be distributed directly to regulated child-care providers by Upwards.




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