Thousands of Families will lose free childcare as federal Covid-19 relief funding expires

TENNESSEE — Federal COVID-19 relief money is running out at the end of this year.

This means families of more than 41,000 children across Tennessee without access to free child care starting in January.

The state said this support was for our essential workers which isn’t limited to doctors, nurses and first responders. Essential workers also include grocery store workers, postal service employees and restaurant workers.

For months, houses of worship like Impact Baptist Church and Ministries have become classrooms but these virtual learning sites are in jeopardy of closing as federal cares act funding expires on December 31.

The Tennessee Department of Human Services started the COVID-19 Pandemic Child Care Payment Assistance program to give essential workers access to free child care.

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