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April 9th, 2009
State of Arizona & Tribes to Receive Funding for Child Care and Vaccines under Recovery Act

Tucson, AZ — Today, Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva announced that the State of Arizona and Tribal nations in Congressional District 7 will receive funds for child care services and vaccines from the Department of Health and Human Services through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan (ARRA).

$2.3 billion has been made available for crucial health and human services programs that help to provide care for children and prevent disease.

States will receive $2 billion in Recovery Act funding to support child care for working families. The funds will be used by states to provide vouchers to families for child care or to provide access to care through contracts with child care centers or invest in quality improvements. This will support a wide range of child care providers, including child care centers and home-based programs.

Under the Child Care and Development Fund, the following communities will receive:

  • State of Arizona   $50,876,886
  • Cocopah Indian Tribe  $8,907
  • Gila River Indian Community  $271,672
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe  $215,084
  • Quechan Indian Tribe  $76,629
  • Tohono O’odham Nation  $461,148

In addition to funding for child care programs, an additional $300 million in Recovery Act funding and grants will help to ensure more underserved Americans receive the vaccines they need.

The majority of these new resources will be used to purchase vaccines, which will be distributed through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Section 317 immunization program to all 50 states, several large cities, and U.S. territories. Funding will also be used to support national public information campaigns regarding vaccines and support grants to states that demonstrate innovative new ways to ensure more Americans receive the vaccines they need.

Arizona will receive $3,741,938 for the Immunization Grant Program.

“The funding for these programs is crucial for working families,” said Grijalva. “These grants will give our state and Tribal Nations access to not only stable child-care but the access to much needed vaccines for their children. Insuring that all Americans have access to affordable and reliable care is a fundamental human right and must reflect our national priorities.”

More information regarding the child care and vaccine programs is included below. To see a list of state by state funding for child care programs, visit

To see a list of state by state funding for vaccine programs, visit

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