COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Tuesday $19.9 million will be allocated from the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief Fund.
Of that money, $4.9 million will go to the Department of Social Services, McMaster said. The funds will be used for educational and tutoring services for 600 foster care students and youth in 74 group homes, according to the governor.
The S.C. Technical College System will receive $8 million from the fund. McMaster said it will go toward jobs-training programs for 3,100 South Carolinians that focuses on high-demand jobs such as health care, computer technology, information technology, advance manufacturing, distribution logistics, and criminal justice and corrections
McMaster said $7 million will go to Early Childhood Education. According to the governor, the funds will provide in-person, extended day and summer programs for at-risk 4-year-olds who are eligible for Medicaid for who families have an annual income that is 185% or less of the federal poverty level.
Of that $7 million, the public school system will get $2 million, while the state’s First Steps program will receive $5 million, McMaster said.
GEER funds, provided to states through the CARES Act, are to be allocated by the governor to state agencies and other entities that have a role in educating South Carolinians that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to information from the governor’s office.