HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is allocating $50 million to increase the availability of child care in response to COVID-19.

The funding comes from the $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief aid the state received.

A total of $30 million will be distributed in grants to providers who care for school-age children out of school time.

An additional $10 million will be allocated to families with health needs and special needs requiring in-home care.

Finally, $8 million will be divided among all licensed and registered childcare facilities in the state.

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