Recovery & Stabilization

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Ideas wanted for the 77 million dollar funding update!

The American Rescue Plan Act Idea Input Survey will be available at as of Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:00 PM.

We have now received the award letter from the Administration for Families and Children-Office of Child Care, but guidance is not slated to be received until early May. Meanwhile, please share your ideas and thoughts on how we can use these funds to stabilize, expand and innovate in the child care sector throughout the state now and in the future. This survey is a place for you to jot down your ideas – no fancy writing skill necessary – just your invaluable thoughts!

The planning process will take some time and we want to base it on short and long term needs and stakeholder input.

You will be asked to provide some basic non-identifying information so we know what sector of child care you are representing. There is an option to provide your full contact information, but it is not necessary. Further, you do not need to provide an answer for the topic headings – just add what is comfortable for you – it can be a couple of words like “staff bonuses” or a lengthy description. If you run out of room or wish to send an email instead of using the survey monkey, please direct your correspondence to [email protected] and put ARPA Ideas in the subject.

Please watch the NH Connections/CCAoNH website for more information and other ways to provide feedback. In addition, we will host an informational webinar when more details become available.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA)

NH Received $20 Million for Child Care Programs

On February 16, 2021, Governor Chris Sununu announced that the NH Department of Health and Human Services received nearly $20 million from the federal government as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) to support child care programs across the State.

The $19,867,552 will be administered through the DHHS Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration. The CRRSA Grant Application period has closed.

Click here to view the CRRSA Funding Formula Information shared on March 30, 2021.

“All throughout the pandemic, we have worked hard to ensure that our child care programs have remained open, supporting New Hampshire families with this critical service,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “Child care programs have offered much stability and a sense of normalcy for many of NH’s children, and the state has supported the needs of the industry through the pandemic with innovative, record level funding streams. This additional infusion of funds will assist in the continued stabilization of child care programs.”

The funding will be distributed to Family Child Care Providers, Child Care Centers, and Licensed-Exempt individual providers to support their operations as they continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. For Child Care Centers, awards will be based on the following formula:

  • Number of classrooms
  • Number of staff directly serving children and families at least 51% of the time
  • Percent of children enrolled and receiving the NH Child Care Scholarship

The funding formula takes into account programs’ support to families who may be vulnerable, and those who may be working in jobs critical to NH’s economy, such as health care, long-term care, hospitality, and retail. This formula also focuses on capacity, quality and increased staff needs to meet public health guidelines.
The funding provides programs with the flexibility to meet their business needs, including:

  • Employee wages and one-time bonuses
  • Income loss
  • Increased operating and occupancy costs
  • Materials and supplies
  • Staff development and/or training
  • Tuition and fees

Previously Recorded Informational Webinars

Question & Answer Session: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) Awards and Allowable Expenses

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) Webinars: Part 1 & Part 2

RECORDED WEBINAR: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) Webinar: Part 1

RECORDED WEBINAR: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) Webinar: Part 2

DHHS and the Governor’s Office will continue to work closely with the Council for Thriving Children to ensure a synergistic vision for this and future federal relief funding.

In addition, the BCHDSC will continue to provide COVID – absenteeism and school-aged billing provisions through April 30, 2021.

Have Questions...Need Help?

If you have ongoing questions related to your submitted application, please email the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration at [email protected] with the subject line “CRRSA Grant Application Question”. They are responding to these questions or questions related to processing applications. 

If you are emailing to report your vendor number please email the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration at [email protected] the following information with subject line “Grant Application Vendor ID”: 

  1. Your name (as director/program admin)
  2. Your program/center name
  3. Your vendor number

Scheduled Question and Answer Sessions: The Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration has set up virtual office hours for ongoing Q&A sessions.

April 20, 2021 12:00 PM

Click here to access the Zoom link information.

Need a NHCIS Account?

If you need instructions on establishing an account in the New Hampshire Connections Information System for the first time, please click here.

If you have already established an account, you can access the NHCIS Program Profile Login page by clicking here.