Saturday, January 5, 2008

Does Your For-Profit Daycare Qualify For This Government Grant Program?

There are comprehensive child development programs which serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. They are child-focused programs that have as their overall goal increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.

One such program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. In 1995, a program was established to serve children from birth to three years of age in recognition of the mounting evidence that the earliest years matter a great deal to children's growth and development.

There are specific grants available for infants, toddlers and childcare, ranging from infants with disabilities, special education requirements. These grants for these purposes must be use for specific purposes: quality expansion; infant and toddler quality improvement; and child care resource and referral and school-age child care activities.

Applicant Eligibility is a State educational agency, a local educational agency, an institution of higher education, any other public agency, a private non-profit organization, an outlying area, an Indian tribe or tribal organization (as defined under section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act), and a for-profit organization.

Grants to conduct programs are awarded to local public or private, non-profit or for-profit agencies.

You may wish to collaborate with your local government program regarding construction and/or renovation. This grant program is authorized to provide child care services and to construct and/or renovate child care facilities. You can find out more about this childcare grant program by contacting their toll-free number.

Some Common Questions

How can I get a grant from this program? How can I get funding to start this program?

You may be either public or private, for-profit or nonprofit organizations or public school systems. If there is a current grantee in a community, that grantee will continue to serve in that capacity until they decide they no longer want to. If a grantee gives up or loses funding, the funds will remain in the community previously served by that agency and will be awarded to another eligible organization through a competitive process.

In years when additional funds are available for expanding the daycare grant program, these funds may go to existing agencies to increase their enrollment of children. Otherwise, these grants will be awarded to new grantees through a competitive process, particularly in a geographic area that requires more service to meet the needs of the population.

You can use the grant program's contact information to know the current status of this grant program in your own area.

This government grant program for eligible daycare businesses is always looking for community partners. It might be a business, a professional service provider or another agency whose involvement would enhance service to children and families.

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