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DeLauro Announces Creation of 46 New Child Care Slots and 20 New, Full-Time Education Jobs in New Haven

October 7, 2021
Press Release

DeLauro Secured $600,000 to Expand Montessori School on Edgewood in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, CT — House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today announced $600,000 from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Greater Dwight Development Corporation (GDDC) to expand the Montessori School on Edgewood infant toddler program in New Haven, Connecticut. As chair of the committee that determines federal funding for HHS, DeLauro secured this Community Economic Development (CED) grant that will have a transformative impact on child care in New Haven.

“The United States has been teetering on the brink of a child care crisis, but now, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed us over the edge,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “Even before the pandemic, affordable child care was already a significant and severe issue. With rising costs, people are struggling to pay their bills and struggling to keep their kids in child care. If parents do not have a safe, affordable place to send their kids, they will not be able to work. Access to child care is an economic issue that cannot be ignored. I am proud to have secured this funding to renovate the Montessori School on Edgewood that will create 46 new child care slots and 20 new full-time education jobs in New Haven. As Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue working to create jobs that cannot be outsourced and increase access to high-quality, affordable child care across Connecticut.”

These CED funds will be used to create onsite childcare slots for 16 children, as well as five family child care businesses that will create an additional 30 childcare slots in the Greater Dwight neighborhood. In order to create the five family child care businesses, GDDC will partner with All Our Kin, a nationally recognized expert in home-based childcare businesses, to provide extensive support and resources for people to become licensed providers.

The project will also leverage an additional $2,400,652 and create 20 new, full-time education jobs, 15 of which will be filled by individuals with low income.

“Now is the time to make these investments, to support our children and families, create jobs, and help our economy build back better,” said Congresswoman DeLauro.