COLUMBUS (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) — Columbus city leaders have a new plan to use $3.5 million in federal pandemic relief funding to help relieve the city’s childcare crunch by supporting low-income families and addressing labor shortages in the childcare industry.
Mayor Andrew Ginther and Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin announced that the city will seek to provide signing bonuses for childcare workers, pay for a marketing campaign for the industry, and provide scholarships for low-income families. Legislation related to those efforts will be presented to the council soon.
“As the pandemic continues, working families across Columbus, like much of the nation, still face significant hurdles when re-entering the workforce, especially when trying to secure affordable, reliable child care,” Ginther said in a press release.
Ginther said the funds will provide “vital relief to individuals and families doing their best to lead happy, healthy and productive lives during what remains a very challenging and uncertain time.”