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Grant Programs for Child Care in Washington, DC

Access to Quality Child Care Program

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) selected the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) to administer the second round of the Access to Quality Child Care Grant. This $10 million program will provide support to current and future child development facility operators over two years to expand, open and improve new and existing child development facilities.

As the administrator of the Access to Quality Child Care Grant, LIIF will administer sub-grants to eligible child development facilities. Several sub-grant types are available for this grant program. More information on sub-grant types can be found in the grant guidelines document. Child development facilities that are licensed by OSSE and serving families may apply to open a new facility or expand their current location. Organizations or individuals who do not currently operate a facility licensed by OSSE but are interested in opening a facility in the District of Columbia, may also apply.

Interested applicants for the Access to Quality Child Care Grant must first complete and submit an intake form. Click here to complete the intake form.

LIIF will review intake forms to determine what type of sub-grant a child development facility or organization/individual may be eligible to participate in and invite those that meet “readiness” criteria to complete the grant application. More information on the application process can be found in the grant guidelines document.

In addition to financial support, LIIF will support child development programs to build business capacity and provide technical assistance in creating high-quality, developmentally appropriate learning environments for infants and toddlers. LIIF will provide technical assistance to any child development facility in the District with questions about expanding, renovating or establishing a new child development facility.

For questions about the Access to Quality Child Care Grant, please email childcareDC@liifund.org.

Funded by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education

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DC Child Care Stabilization Targeted Grants

Coming soon:

The DC Child Care Stabilization Grant was launched in 2022 by OSSE to provide financial relief to child development facilities for unexpected business costs associated with the pandemic and help stabilize their operations and preserve the supply of child care for children and families. OSSE partnered with LIIF, the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif), Hurley & Associates and the United Planning Organization (UPO) to disburse funds to eligible child development facilities and began disbursing funds in early 2022.

 

LIIF will support OSSE to disburse additional DC Child Care Stabilization Grant funds through a separate process to child development facilities that have additional needs that were not covered by their initial awards.

 

This program has not launched yet. You may fill out LIIF’s general intake form to provide information that will inform the development of this grant program and to be notified when the grant program opens.

 

Funded by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Back-to-Work Child Care Grant

Coming soon:

In June 2022, OSSE announced LIIF will administer the $32 million Back-to-Work Child Care Grant program created to help DC licensed child development facilities resume and maintain full operations as they recover from the pandemic and enable families to find the child care they need to return to work.

 

The Back-to-Work Child Care Grant will provide financial assistance to preserve the supply of child care in neighborhoods most impacted by the pandemic and offset costs for programs to resume operating at full capacity, opening and preserving additional slots for families in need of care. The grant program will also support affordability, prioritizing providers who serve children participating in the District’s child care subsidy program.

 

In addition to financial support, LIIF will provide subgrantees business supports to enhance marketing, enrollment, fee collection, business efficiency and adapt their business models to new realities and family needs. Approximately $7.9 million will be awarded in the first grant year, with $15.8 million and $8.3 million allotted for the second and third grant years, respectively.

 

This program has not launched yet. Interested applicants may fill out LIIF’s general intake form (link at the bottom of this page) to provide information that will inform the development of this grant program and to be notified when the grant program opens.

 

Funded by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

 

Interested in one of these grant programs? Click here to complete LIIF’s general intake form.*

 

Questions? Email childcareDC@liifund.org

 

This page will be updated with new information when it becomes available.

 

*Completion of an intake form is not equivalent to completing an application.

LIIF's COVID-19 Response in Washington, DC

Since the onset of COVID-19, child care programs in Washington, DC have suffered financial losses that have severely impacted their ability to maintain staff and pay monthly expenses. Financial relief that helps cover expenses like payroll, operating expenses, and supplies is essential to sustain the sector. The District already has a critical shortage of child care, especially infant and toddler care. Providing immediate assistance to child care programs ensures that programs will be able to reopen, maintain the existing child care supply and provide jobs to hundreds of child care workers.

LIIF’s DC emergency child care relief efforts provided grants to cover payroll and operating expenses for over 250 home and center-based providers in the District through the DC Child Care COVID Relief Grant for home-based child care, DC Access to Quality Child Care COVID-relief Grant, and the DC Child Care Road to Recovery Fund. These funds are currently closed.

For questions about these programs, or to be added to our email list to receive notifications about future funding, please email childcareDC@liifund.org.

Last week, I couldn’t sleep because I didn’t want to let my staff or families down. Today, I feel much lighter and extremely hopeful. In the most heartfelt manner. Thank you.

Donna Mason, Executive Director, St. Alban’s Early Childhood Center
Washington, DC

Want to participate in LIIF’s COVID-19 Child Care Relief Effort?

Your generosity will provide direct relief to those child care businesses left vulnerable by the pandemic. Please contact us to learn more about how to contribute to our regional relief efforts.