Mel Mendiola talks CAPS 2021

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The CAPS 2021 program could help hundreds of local families afford child care while also helping the local child care industry.

PNC’s Michael Knight has the story…

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Many working parents are finding it difficult to make ends meet in the current economic climate. Aside from the fact that the tourism industry has still not recovered, many businesses that have opened are operating with reduced hours and staff. This leaves working families in a difficult spot financially, as child care costs are one of the biggest expenses for families with young children. In addition, many child care facilities are suffering financially due to increased costs of pandemic safety measures coupled with the fact that fewer parents are utilizing child care in light of the many concerns associated with social gathering during the pandemic.

In response, the Governor’s office issued Executive Order 2021-28 on October 31st of last year, leading to the establishment of the Guam Child Care Assistance Program-Stabilization 2021, also knows as CAPS2021. The program is administered by the Guam Economic Development Authority and is designed to help parents, and the child care industry, together.

GEDA Director Mel Mendiola was on NewsTalk K57 with Patti Arroyo this morning and says the program has multiple facets, with the current phase being the Expanded Block Grant Program for Daycares, which offers big benefits…

Mendiola says the program was expanded at the suggestion of the Governor, to be more inclusive of all families…

In addition, Mendiola says part of the Grant Program is designed to work with employers to offer the CAPS2021 program services as work benefits…

Mendiola went on to say that more phases of the CAPS2021 program will be launched, including the boot camp for child care workers in May, grant programs for community organizations that serve daycare-aged children, and the relative care program, to help with the costs of relative who look after children of working families.

To obtain an application and information, go to www.guamchildcare.com, visit the GEDA or DPHSS websites, or call the GEDA and DPHSS offices.