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Innovation Name Innovation Type Innovation Subtype Features at a Glance Strategy Summary
Child Care Provider Wage Boost Program Workforce Pay Increases

Wage boost program offers up to $50,000 per provider to cover cost increases associated with either 1) increasing the hourly wages of existing employees, or 2) hiring new employees to meet increased child care demands

The Child Care Provider Wage Boost Program, funded in 2023 by the American Rescue Plan Act, helps eligible child care service providers with funding to bolster and preserve their existing programs in the form of a wage boost for early educators. This funding allows providers to retain or hire new employees at competitive rates. Providers who are approved for the program will be able to submit reimbursement requests to cover cost increases associated with either 1) increasing the hourly wages of existing employees, or 2) hiring new employees to meet increased child care demands.  

A total of $1 million in funding is available for eligible providers, including up to $50,000 over two years per provider. The program will reimburse wage boost costs at 100% in the first year and 50% in the second year, but only up to the grant cap of $50,000.

LEARN MORE: CHILD CARE PROVIDER WAGE BOOST PROGRAM

Sources:

City of Scranton. (2023). ARPA Childcare Service Provider Grants.

City of Scranton. (2023). Notice of Funding Opportunity.

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Demographics Link copied!

City population

75,848 Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2022

Persons under 5 years old

5.20% Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2022

Poverty levels: Children 0-8 below 200% poverty

N/A Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Median household income

$48,776 Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2018-2022

Unemployment rate

3.30% Source Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, 2023

Unemployment rate of parents

N/A Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

N/A Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

N/A Source KIDS COUNT, 2021