United Way of Southwest Virginia and Washington County Partnership Helps Parents

$100 Paid Each Week for School Children in Care Due to Pandemic Closures

Washington County, Virginia (September 9, 2020) – United Way of Southwest Virginia has opened applications to childcare providers with school age students who would otherwise be in Washington County Public School classrooms. Washington County has promised nearly $300,000 to pay for childcare needed because of school closures. This funding will support tuition costs for more than 170 students between September 1 and December 31.

Childcare centers who have Washington County Public School students during the day due to pandemic school schedules can apply to receive payment of $100 a week for each child in their facility. Payments will be made directly to the childcare center; direct payments will not be made to parent or guardians.

United Way of Southwest Virginia President and CEO, Travis Staton, said, “Our COVID Relief efforts have been focused on the needs of our communities. Right now, child care is the most pressing need of Southwest Virginia families. This partnership will keep money in the pockets of hard working families by paying tuition for children who would otherwise be in school.”

“We have heard from childcare centers who have had parents drop out of school age childcare because they can no longer afford it.  One provider shared that a mother with a well-paying job who has three children who would otherwise be in school during the day is considering quitting her job because of the cost of care.  This will likely enable some parents to keep their jobs,” said Travis Staton.

“The committee overseeing the strategic deployment of CARES funding is pleased to provide this support to Washington County families, and we are grateful for United Way making this possible for our community,” said Jason Berry, County Administrator of Washington County.

For more information, childcare providers and parents can visit: https://unitedwayswva.org/cares/

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life.  Through an initiative-based cradle-to-career approach, United Way of Southwest Virginia is creating sustainable solutions to address the challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce. United Way convenes cross-sector partners to make an impact on the most complex problems in our region. Through collaboration with government, business, nonprofit and individuals, United Way innovates for positive, lasting social change.  With a footprint that covers nearly 20% of the state of Virginia, United Way of Southwest Virginia programs and initiatives serve the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton, and Radford.