HARRISBURG – Over $117 million in CARES Act funding will be distributed to child care providers across PA. Earlier this summer, about $140 million in CARES Act funding was distributed to child care providers licensed by the Department of Human Services’ Office of Child Development and Early Learning. The distribution method of this latest round of CARES funding is based on the findings of researchers at Penn State Harrisburg’s Institute of State and Regional Affairs, who studied the impact of COVID-19 on PA’s child care industry. In total, $220 million has been allocated to support child care providers statewide. Before the COVID-19 crisis, 7,017 licensed child care providers were operating in PA. As of late July, more than 200 of those providers have indicated an intention to permanently close their doors. This round of CARES funding will be distributed to 6,893 providers.