By executive order, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero established Prugråman i Pinilan i Famagu’on Guåhan last Friday.
Administered by the Department of Public Health and Social Services and the Guam Economic Development Authority, “the program provides funding to the island’s child care providers, expands and strengthens local child care resources, and supports families re-entering Guam’s workforce,” according to the Office of the Governor.
According to the Office of the Governor, Guam Economic Development Authority “will develop broad program eligibility criteria and distribute $81.5 million to grant recipients, including, but not limited to: before and after school care programs, relative care programs, extracurricular child care providers, employer child care assistance programs, and community care programs.”
Meanwhile, “DPHSS will consolidate childcare data, prepare financial reports, determine eligibility, and pay subsidies to approved child care providers.”
Furthermore, GEDA CEO Mel Mendiola told PNC that the program is an expansion of earlier child care funding programs, such as CAPS2021 and Child Care Development Block Grant.
Similar to CAPS2021, Prugråman Pinilan provides funding not only to the child care industry but to industries that promote the return of parents to the workforce.
The program is federally funded ARPA, the CARES Act, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, and Child Care Development Block Grant. According to Mendiola, Prugråman Pinilan is allocated over 100 million dollars and GEDA will continue to accept applications until the funding is completely used up. She states that the program should be operational around April 4 of this year.