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Congressman Don Young Announces Nearly $7 Million in HHS Child Care Grants for Alaska

Washington, September 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young announced that nearly $7 million in child care funding has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to multiple Alaska Native organizations. This funding was made available by the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Grant Program. Funding totals can be found below.

"As a parent, grandparent, and a former schoolteacher, I know just how important it is to make sure that the parents who are raising our next generation have the support they need to help their children thrive," said Congressman Don Young. "The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the urgent need for child care across our state, including in our Alaska Native communities. The fall school year is upon us, and many parents may face the decision of choosing between going to work, or staying home to be with their kids. We must be doing all we can to alleviate this stress by standing with Alaska's working families. I am grateful to Secretary Azar and the Department of Health and Human Services for making these crucial investments in Alaska’s children and families.  We can and will come out of these uncertain times stronger than ever before, and Alaskans can count on me to continue fighting on their behalf in Congress."

Supporting children and families has been one of Congressman Young’s highest priorities. Last year, Congressman Young introduced several pieces of legislation to combat child hunger and food insecurity in Alaska and across the country. Click here to read more about these efforts. Recently, Congressman Young introduced the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Coronavirus Relief Act, which will aid parents’ return to the workforce and ensure that children can continue their learning in an academically supportive environment. Click here for more information.

Grant information:

  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. – $1,952,422
  • Metlakatla Indian Community – $966,754
  • Bristol Bay Native Association – $1,501,833
  • Kenaitze Indian Tribe – $1,019,896
  • Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska – $498,682
  • Kawerak, Inc. – $956,326