The North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) is sharing this announcement on behalf of the United States Office of Child Care regarding the availability of resources to assist child care providers with fewer than 20 employees. As this is a federal program, DCDEE is unable to assist child care programs in applying for the assistance.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a forgivable loan program to help very small businesses, such as child care programs, with much needed financial support during these unprecedented times. From February 24 to March 10, 2021, only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for a PPP loan. This exclusive application period allows participating lenders to focus on serving very small businesses, such as family child care (FCC) educators and early care and education (ECE) programs.
Learn more about PPP loans by exploring the resources below.
The Biden-Harris Administration statement issued on February 22, 2021, provides details on changes to PPP to increase lending opportunities for small businesses to further promote equitable access to relief. The statement includes information on the exclusive application period for PPP to help very small businesses, such as FCC educators and ECE programs. Here's a link to the statement for more details: Changes to PPP To Further Promote Equitable Access to Relief.
For more information about PPP and other financial business supports, please visit the Office of Child Care's (OCC) webpage: Early Care and Education Providers: Taking Advantage of the New Small Business Administration Loan and Grant Programs, which includes the following information:
- Two national webinar videos to help you understand and access PPP
- Several resources for small businesses to help FCC educators and ECE programs learn more about PPP and navigate the challenges created by the pandemic.
Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program are due no later than March 31, 2021, for all businesses, but program funding may run out before then.