Nonprofits help Lane County families pay for child care

United Way, the City of Eugene and the Tykeson Family Foundation are donating grants totaling $585,000.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 7:27 AM
Updated: Nov 17, 2020 10:42 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- United Way of Lane County is partnering with local nonprofits to help families struggling to find affordable child care. 

United Way, the City of Eugene and the Tykeson Family Foundation are donating grants totaling $585,000, which will help support costs for 400 child care slots for families. 

“We knew child care, especially for school-aged children, was an issue for our community during the pandemic,” said Bess Day, United Way director of education. “After being invited to many conversations with families, providers, and funders, we were able to leverage these partnerships and resources to create new grant funds for local child care providers.”

Funds will help cover the costs to expand new facilities, provide scholarships for homeless youth and low-income families, improve technology resources and provide additional staff to support academic and social-emotional needs of children. 

The grant money will be donated to the Eugene Family YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Valley and KinderCare Discover Champions Before and After School programs. 

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