The state of Alaska received nearly $100 million last year to support the ailing child care system, but by the end of the year, the state had distributed only about 5% of it.
The state received about $95 million from the federal government this spring to address the child care crunch. So far, the state has written a grant program to distribute only $5 million of that statewide.
A memo from the state of Alaska asks that child care facilities remain open if they can do so safely.
Proposed regulations may make it harder for child care facilities statewide to do business. In Juneau, some daycare directors say the new rules would reduce capacity and worsen the shortage of affordable child care.
Juneau’s shortage of affordable child care has led a group to urge the Assembly to use millions in sales tax revenue to expand services. The Juneau Assembly will weigh it and competing proposals at its July 12 finance meeting.