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State financing help available for child care businesses in underserved communities

Child care is about to become more accessible for Virginians, but particularly for those in underserved localities across the commonwealth, thanks to Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 35 issued in 2019, which calls for advancing equity in state contracting for disadvantaged businesses.

Some underserved communities include Mathews (Bohannon, Diggs, Gwynn, Hudgins, New Point, Susan); Middlesex (Deltaville, Hartfield, Locust Hill, Topping, Urbanna, Wake); Lancaster (Irvington, Weems, White Stone), and Northumberland counties (Callao, Lottsburg, Burgess, Reedville, Heathsville), according to a release from the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority.

To further support the executive order, VSBFA, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Social Services, rolled out an improved Child Care Financing Program at the Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children 2020 Annual Conference held in Richmond March 5-7.

For the first time, the program has been expanded ...

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