Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget invests $12.5 million in affordable, high-quality child care and builds on the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget investment of $11 million all aimed at creating a strong start for the District’s youngest learners. The Mayor’s plan includes identifying the three sites in District-owned buildings and awarding grants to providers through the Access to Quality Child Care Expansion grant (“A2Q”), which seeks to expand or open new locations, streamline and improve the child care licensure process, and support DC residents in gaining certification or advanced early education credentials over the next three years.
The $9 million Access to Quality Child Care Expansion grant aims to “improve the supply of child care services for infants and toddlers, which may include establishing new or expanding existing child development facilities serving infants and toddlers.” This funding is intended to respond to the high demand for quality child care by actively increasing the supply of child care by 1,000 slots over the next three years. The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF, www.liifund.org) is the recipient of the Access to Quality Child Care Expansion grant. As such, they provide business capacity building through one-on-one technical assistance and workshops for licensed child development centers and child development homes in DC through the Access to Quality Child Care Expansion grant. Technical assistance is provided on expansion feasibility, facilities projects, working with an architect, building a project budget and business planning.
Current or future child care providers interested in receiving Access to Quality Child Care Expansion sub-grants, should contact the early childhood education (ECE) help desk for more information and to determine eligibility.
ECE Help Desk Contact Information
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 478-5903
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