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Child Care Advocacy Alert!

Let the City of Portland and Cumberland County know that childcare should be a priority for American Rescue Plan Funds

High-quality childcare is essential for a vibrant, thriving community. Unfortunately, the lack of equitable, affordable and accessible care in Portland has been exacerbated by COVID-19, leaving both families and employers desperate while attempting to recover from the pandemic. But now, both the City of Portland and Cumberland County have received tens of millions of dollars in funding from the American Rescue Plan to support a range of COVID recovery measures and they want to hear from you about why using these funds to invest in childcare is vital to our community. 

Both the city of Portland and Cumberland County are in the process of gathering feedback on the use of federal relief funds. Please use your voice to help make childcare a priority. To do so, please take a moment to fill out this initial survey from the City of Portland and this feedback form from Cumberland County. On Cumberland County’s form, please reference the importance of early childhood care & education / child care under the category, “Addressing the negative economic impacts” and to speak to the economic impacts when families are unable to work because of a lack of child care.

Policy makers will be meeting soon to start to make decisions, so please submit your comments today!  Thank you! 

Note: Portland Works for Kids has developed ARPA funds allocation recommendations for both Cumberland County and the City of Portland. Learn more about recommended improvements to child care and early education: