May 22, 2024

Supplemental Funds for Child Care Disaster Recovery – Hurricane Ian – PROVIDER SURVEY TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY FOR FUNDS

On September 28, 2022, Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency as a result of Hurricane Ian. On November 21, 2022, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. authorized a major disaster declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Ian.

FEMA identified eight (8) counties as qualifying for federal disaster assistance. The list was not a comprehensive list of areas that felt the storm’s impacts, but represents the areas that FEMA determined would require federal assistance to recover:

  • Individual Assistance (financial assistance to impacted households):
    • Charleston
    • Georgetown
    • Horry
  • Public Assistance – Categories A, C-G (reimbursement for eligible rebuilding and debris management costs):
    • Berkeley
    • Charleston
    • Clarendon
    • Florence
    • Georgetown
    • Horry
    • Jasper
    • Williamsburg


Since then, FEMA has identified all SC counties as eligible for assistance as approved.

Based on reporting during, and immediately after the storm, South Carolina estimates approximately 436 child care facilities were damaged or closed, and approximately 16,000 child care slots were impacted by Hurricane Ian.  Additional providers may have experienced some form of hurricane-related damage which did not require reporting the Child Care Licensing.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (P.L. 117-328) provides supplemental Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) funding for necessary expenses directly linked to the consequences of Hurricanes Ian. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) determined that these funds will be used for recovery grants to state, territory, lead agencies administering the CCDF program in areas affected by Hurricane Ian.

The South Carolina Department of Early Care and Education is conducting a survey to determine how much money they would need to support disaster recovery for child care providers who were affected short or long term by Hurricane Ian.

  • Short-term
    • Temporary Closures
    • Loss of revenue
    • Increased stress and anxiety
    • Damage to property
    • Loss of materials and supplies
  • Long-term results
    • Decreased enrollment
    • Change in licensed capacity
    • Temporary or Permanent Closure
    • Need to replace materials and supplies
    • Need to address building or grounds damage
    • Loss of Staff
    • Continued Stress and Anxiety


If you believe you were affected by Hurricane Ian, please watch the following Webinar AND complete the Survey (Link and QR Code Below).




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