Governor Kevin Stitt and Human Services Secretary Justin Brown announced today that approximately $9.6 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) will be awarded to more than 2,200 childcare centers across Oklahoma to support the industry’s efforts to deliver safe, essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) will deliver the one-time funds as Child Care Quality and Sustainability Payments to childcare providers who have maintained active status since March 15, 2020. Payment amounts will be tiered based on OKDHS’s Reaching for the Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System program.