The Virgin Islands Human Services (DHS) Bureau of Child Care and Regulatory Services, the latest U.S. bailout law, child care has begun the Stabilization Grant application period . Grants are available to licensed, regulated, or registered child care providers in the territory who have achieved certification by March 11, 2021. Grant amounts are determined based on the submitted and verified needs of the child care provider.
These grants are made available to help with salaries and benefits, insurance, rent, mortgage, utilities, cleaning and sanitizing, professional development related to health and safety, services mental health and other operational expenses necessary to stay open and functioning. At the time of application, providers must have met Child Care Services and Regulatory (CCRS) health and safety requirements, including training and full criminal background checks.
To obtain an application, visit the Child Care and Regulatory Services page on the DHS website at www.dhs.gov.vi/occcrs/index.html where it is available for download or visit the Child Care and Regulatory Services office. Regulatory Services on St. Thomas at the Knud Hansen Complex, Hospital Ground or 129 Golden Rock in St. Croix. People can also call 772-7147 (St. Croix) or 774-0930 ext. 4186 (St. Thomas) for more information.
For more information, people can also visit the Department of Social Services website at www.dhs.gov.vi or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/usvidhs).
Department of Social Services: www.dhs.gov.vi