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An Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Opportunities for Child Care Centers

Start Date:1/19/2021

Start Time:11:30 AM EST

Duration:90 minutes


The Office of Child Care’s (OCC) National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, in partnership with First Children’s Finance, invites you to attend a national webinar, An Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Opportunities for Child Care Centers, on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

This webinar will provide an overview of the business resources in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA), which was enacted on December 27, 2020. CRRSA appropriates funds to help small businesses, including minority-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations, recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic through the continuation of an improved version of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and other supports.

This webinar will provide basic information to help child care center owners and directors access PPP and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). PPP provides loan opportunities for eligible small businesses, including child care businesses. EIDLs provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, center owners and directors will receive help in identifying supports that best meet their specific needs and in applying for those supports. This webinar will address child care-specific business requirements for each program and the application process. Resources will be shared.

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Molly Sullivan

Director of National Initiatives

Molly Sullivan directs and launches programs, interventions, and analyses to strengthen early care and education programming and businesses, with a twin focus on program design and evaluation. She joined First Children’s Finance in 2019 after co-founding and growing an evaluation firm, serving as the education policy aide to the Mayor of Minneapolis, overseeing the Grow Your Own program to increase the diversity of the teaching workforce in Minneapolis Public Schools, and the scale-up of a national preschool-third grade school reform model. Molly received her Master of Public Policy Degree from Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Arts from New York University.

Heidi Hagel Braid

Chief Program Officer

Heidi Hagel Braid is the Chief Program Officer at First Children’s Finance. Hagel Braid leads efforts to create, implement and communicate early care and education business strategies that lead to a well-paid workforce, more sustainable and accessible high quality care, and improved outcomes for children. She specializes in increasing states’ capacity to address early care and education business needs and opportunities for alignment of resources. Hagel Braid joined First Children’s Finance as the Regional Director, Minnesota and the Dakotas, in 2012, bringing over 15 years of nonprofit experience and a strong history working on the behalf of children and families. In 2013, Heidi launched the Rural Child Care Innovation Program, an innovative effort linking rural economic development and child care. She has also led the development of national child care business analysis tools that assess the financial operations of family child care businesses.

Anne McSweeney

State Systems Coordinator

Anne McSweeney is a Child Care Systems Program Coordinator with First Children's Finance. Previously, Anne worked for the ICA Group, a nonprofit consulting firm focused on worker cooperatives and social enterprises. Anne led ICA's child care initiatives including programs to transition child care centers to worker ownership, develop purchasing cooperatives for home-based providers, and support nanny cooperatives. Prior to working at ICA, Anne worked in Head Start training and technical assistance as a communications liaison for the Head Start Information and Communications Center. Anne earned a Master's in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she focused on ECE administration and funding, and her Bachelor's in Women's Studies at Wesleyan University. Anne works from her home office in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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