American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Stabilization Grants

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is making American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Stabilization Grants available to eligible child care providers. These grants and the required reporting will be completed in the Professional Development (PD) Registry.  The application will be available mid-September.

Current Timeline:

Grant Announced

August 2021

Recorded Webinar

from Sept. 8, 2021

Watch on YouTube

Webinar Transcript (webpage for easy translation)

ARPA Stabilization Grant - Provider FAQs

Applications Open

Mid-September 2021 More information to follow.

Application Information:

On Aug. 18, 2021, OCDEL issued communication on how eligible child care providers can begin to prepare to meet the requirements for application, including creating an account and claiming their organization in the PD Registry.

Read the full announcement for appropriate next steps and contact information for more questions about the PD Registry.

Eligibility for the Stabilization Grants has been established in ARPA, by the federal Office of Child Care (OCC) and Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 Fiscal Code (HB 1348). To qualify, certified child care providers must:

  1. Have a regular or provisional Certificate of Compliance on or before March 11, 2021;
  2. At the time of application, be either open and available to provide child care or be in a temporarily closed status due to a COVID-19 pandemic related reason; Providers in a temporarily closed status must plan to reopen by Sept. 30, 2021; and
  3. At the time of application, a providers’ Certificate of Compliance cannot be in the Revocation or Refuse to Renew status with the OCDEL Bureau of Certification Services.

Additionally, some relative Child Care Works (CCW) providers may also be eligible for an ARPA Stabilization Grant. Information about the relative provider eligibility and application process will be shared directly with those providers.

NOTE: Due to recent guidance provided to Pennsylvania by the Federal Office of Child Care (OCC), at the time of application providers under investigation or convicted of welfare fraud are not eligible for ARPA stabilization grants.

If you have questions about eligibility for the Stabilization Grant, contact your Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC).

Stabilization Grant funding can be used for a wide range of COVID-19 related expenses incurred in the past, present, or future. This includes expenses incurred on or after January 31, 2020, which you have not paid for with other grant funds. Funds can also go towards expenses you anticipate as a result of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on your program.

For organizational purposes, OCDEL encourages programs to think about their past, current and future expenses in the following categories:
  • Personnel Costs;
  • Rent/Mortgage and Utilities;
  • Facilities Maintenance and Insurance (excluding major renovations);
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Cleaning and other Health and Safety Practices;
  • Equipment and Supplies;
  • Goods and Services; and
  • Mental Health Supports for Employees and Children.

Watch a recording of this webinar on YouTube.

A recording of the ARPA Stabilization Grant Allowable Expenses webinar with Deputy Secretary Tracey Campanini can be found on the Pennsylvania Key YouTube channel. OCDEL is developing a number of resources to help eligible programs utilize the webinar. The resources will include:

Reach out to your ELRC for help with thinking about how to best use these funds in your program (find your ELRC).

Read the full announcement from September 1, 2021.

OCDEL partnered with Penn State Harrisburg’s Institute of State and Regional Affairs (ISRA) to develop an evidence-based methodology to distribute ARPA Stabilization Grants to eligible certified child care providers throughout the commonwealth. The American Rescue Plan Act Stabilization Subgrants for Child Care Providers Summary Report will provide information on how stabilization grants will be calculated for eligible certified providers.
OCDEL and ISRA also collaborated to create a certified provider Stabilization Grant Estimator. This tool allows certified providers to input information specific to their program and better understand how much their stabilization grant could be when they apply. The dollar amount the tool provides is only an estimate. The actual grant amount may differ when the application is submitted for approval.

Read the full announcement from Sept. 16, 2021.

  1. Subscribe yourself (or the individual responsible for applying for an ARPA grant on behalf of your organization) to PA Early Ed News Special Announcements, the weekly ECE Recap and Certification Announcements for future updates. Click here to subscribe to these e-newsletters and more on the Pennsylvania Key website.
  2. Check your email or see announcements via the PA Early Ed News over the next few weeks for next steps and to learn more about:
    • Eligibility requirements;
    • What information you will need for your application;
    • How you can use the funds; and
    • What you will be required to report on after you receive the funds