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More Than $3.7 Million for Child Care in York County Secured by Senator Collins in Funding Bill in First Key Step

Funding would support the design of a new day care at PNSY, expand child care options in Kittery and Biddeford

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured $3,752,000 to expand child care options in York County in the draft Fiscal Year 2023 Health and Human Services, Military Construction, and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills.  The bills, which were officially released by the full Senate Appropriations Committee today, must still be voted upon by the full Senate and House.


“Improving access to quality, affordable child care helps promote financial stability for families and benefits small businesses as well as our economy.  Child care also alleviates stress on working parents when they know that their children are in a safe, structured environment where they can play and learn,” said Senator Collins.  “This funding to increase child care options in York County would provide significant benefits to parents working at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as well as to families in Kittery and Biddeford.  As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to champion this funding as the appropriations process moves forward.”


Details on the child care programs Senator Collins requested for York County are below: 


Kittery Collaborative Early Childcare Program

Recipient: Town of Kittery

Project Location: Kittery, ME

Amount: $100,000

Purpose: To reopen a preschool and childcare program that closed during COVID-19, which will expand access to early education opportunities and serve low-income families in Kittery.


Child Care Center for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, ME

Recipient: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Project Location: Kittery, ME

Amount Requested: $2,500,000

Project Purpose: To plan and design a new day care center for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.


Family Health and Economic Well-Being Center

Recipient: York County Community Action Corporation

Project Location: Biddeford, ME

Amount Requested: $1,152,000

Project Purpose: To acquire a center for the York County Community Action Corporation to co-locate their health, childcare, housing, transportation, and other social service programs.