How Counties and Towns Can Use ARPA Funds to Support Stronger Families

Posted on November 17, 2021


Share with your county and town officials how they can maximize ARPA funds for kids!

With just one click you can send an email to invite your town and county officials to watch the webinar and view these resources.



Bipartisan Policy Center

BUILD Initiative

  • Supporting Prenatal-to-Three with Federal Relief Funds – This planning tool showcases how to support infant, toddler and family well-being through strategies to expand, improve, target and make early care and education, family support and maternal and infant/toddler health services more accessible and more responsive.

National Association of Counties (NACo)

  • In partnership with the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers (NCIT, NACo has created the Counties for Kids neighborhood to allow county leaders to ask questions, share best practices and virtually learn from experts and each other. To join the neighborhood, please click this link and create your username and password. You can then request to join the Counties for Kids neighborhood.
  • State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds County-by-County Allocations
  • Prenatal-to-Three County Leader Toolkit – This toolkit contains resources and strategies to build awareness, demonstrate commitment and bolster supports for infants and toddlers at the county level and includes community engagement tips, building awareness talking points, next steps talking points, an open letter and press release template.
  • Opportunities to Invest State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds in Prenatal to Three, by Arabella Pluta-Ehlers – September 2021
  • Peer Learning Network: Leveraging County ARPA Funds for Infants, Toddlers and Families – In July 2021, NACo convened the Prenatal to Three Peer Learning Network to discuss and brainstorm strategies for prioritizing infants and toddlers in these recovery efforts with national experts and peer counties. Click here to watch the recordings.
  • Government in Action: Leveraging ARPA Funds for Infant and Toddlers through State and Local Coordination – Through the historic American Rescue Plan Act, states, counties, and cities are receiving direct, flexible aid to address the impacts of COVID-19, strengthen communities and support children and families. This webinar brought together city, county, and state leaders in Washington state to share how they are supporting young children from prenatal to age three. Click here to watch the recording.
  • ARP & Equity: Long-Term Planning for Local Governments – America’s cities and counties are at a pivotal juncture in both short- and long-term planning. ARP provides enough resources to allow many local governments to build toward recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19 as well as foster long-term shifts toward racial equity in their communities. Through an expert presentation and local government examples, this session will highlight opportunities to ensure equitable planning in ARP spending for both counties and cities. Click here to watch the recording.
  • Counties for Kids Champions
    • Jefferson County, MT: In response to increased child care demands during the pandemic, the county has allocated $100,000 to support licensed child care providers with sustainment of existing facilities and supporting new programs throughout the county.
    • Hamilton County. OH: As part of its workforce development strategy, the county is working with local and regional experts to determine the best use of SLFRF to expand provider capacity and provide an “on-ramp” for parent reentering the workforce.
    • San Diego County, CA: The county approved $16 million for child care services, an increase over the original $10 million they considered. The money will cover child care grants and vouchers and training programs to increase San Diego’s child care workforce.
    • Oakland County, MI: Oakland County will provide $1,200 child care scholarships to eligible households to support child care costs including co-pays, application feed, and direct care costs. Families under 300% of the U.S. federal poverty guidelines or who meet Oakland County Michigan Works! Agency guidelines are eligible.
    • Snohomish County, WA: The county has allocated $4.6 million to continue providing early learning supports and child care services and provide vouchers to family members who need child care while seeking employment. These vouchers can be used at any licensed facility. The county has allocated an additional $655,500 to cover child care costs for essential workers specifically.
    • Lewis County, NY: In partnership with the Lewis County Childcare Development Initiative, the county is exploring funding a program that would train people to open regulated, home-based child care.


National League of Cities (NLC)


State of New Jersey, Department of Children and Families, Family and Community Partnerships and The Division on Women

  • The Family and Community Partnerships’ Community Program Directory – the directory provides direct access to statewide resources that are designed to support family success and keep children safe. The directory includes but is not limited to, Family Success Centers, Kinship Navigator Program, Home Visitation Programs, County Councils for Young Children and Central Intake.


State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development

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