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50 million from CARES Act to allow 60 days of child care for job search

Friday, April 24, 2020

News Release

For Media Inquiries, Contact:
Keili McEwen
OKDHS Director of Communications
Phone: (405) 343-2292

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (April 24, 2020) – Beginning May 1, Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) will begin offering 60 days of subsidized child care to Oklahomans who are job searching due to the loss of employment during the COVID-19 crisis. 

 "Our most critical role at OKDHS is to serve our state's children and families," said OKDHS Director and Secretary of Human Services and Early Childhood Initiatives, Justin Brown. "We know that Oklahomans have been significantly impacted by the COVID crisis and we hope that this benefit will help support them as they get back on their feet."

The funding for this program was made possible by a $50 million block grant through the federal CARES Act. 

In order to take advantage of this 60-day subsidy families must:

If eligible, families will be approved for full-time care for their children. 

Families must choose a child care provider who is licensed and contracted with OKDHS to accept subsidy payments. Available child care programs can be found using the Child Care Locator at


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