Recovery & Stabilization

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

Informational Webinars: 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?

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

Join BCDHSC Assistant Bureau Chief, Dianne Chase to discuss CRSSA awards and allowable expenses.

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM

Click Here to Register

If you have ongoing questions related to your submitted application, please email the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration at eccp@dhhs.nh.gov 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 eccp@dhhs.nh.gov 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.

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