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Capacity Grant Program

Grants and In-Kind Support to Delaware Licensed Childcare
Programs to Expand and Improve Services in Low-Income Areas

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Children and Families First

Deadline Date:

06/14/19 Noon Receipt


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Grants and in-kind technical assistance to Delaware licensed childcare programs to improve or expand childcare programs in low-income areas. Funding is intended to support programs that serve infants and toddlers, children with special needs, English language learners, or for programs that provide childcare during non-traditional hours.

The goal of the grant program is to provide quality improvement technical assistance strategies and grant resources to licensed child care programs to increase the supply of child care in areas where it is limited.

The Capacity Grant awards are intended to provide resources that will enhance the quality of care in programs, and build the availability of child care that are in limited supply in one or all of the following areas:
- Children who need care during non-traditional hours (defined as care needed a minimum of one hour prior to 7:00 AM, until a minimum of one hour after 6:00 PM, and/or care needed on weekends)
- Children who are English language learners;
- Children with special needs (defined as children with an IFSP, IEP, 504 and/or a behavioral or mental health plan as outlined by a specialist);
- Infants and toddlers (defined as birth up to 36 months).

High Needs Areas
The project will seek to expand or enhance care that is safe, healthy, and appropriate, with an emphasis on serving low-income children in high needs areas.

POC Enrollment
Programs must accept POC and meet one of the following criteria:
- Be in a designated high needs area (see section below) AND have at least 50% POC enrollment, OR
- If located outside a designated high needs area the program must have at least 75% POC enrollment.

For a list of High needs areas and details regarding Funding Priorities, see:

Funding Levels and Awards
The Capacity Grant will only be granted to programs where the funds are essential to improve quality and increase or enhance the availability of care for infants and toddlers, children with special needs, children who need care during non-traditional hours and/or children who are English language learners. Materials and other resources provided to programs will be required to meet Delaware Stars standards and Environment Rating Scales (ERS) indicators. Funds will be based on a program’s total capacity and service to children with high needs.

Materials and resources that may be funded include, but are not limited to:
- Educational materials
- Classroom furnishings
- Outdoor play equipment that does not have to be anchored
- Technology for teacher’s use
- Curriculum or assessment components/kits approved through Delaware Stars/OEL
- Professional development that is quality assured; TECE or CDA training; college credits as determined by the Capacity Grant Advisory Committee
- Services that will improve efficiency in operations/administration of the program

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180613

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Capacity Grant is available to licensed child care programs in all three counties of the state of Delaware. The child care program must be actively participating in Delaware Stars.

In order to be considered for funding, child care programs:
- Must have a valid annual license issued by the Office of Child Care Licensing with no current enforcement actions;
- Must accept Purchase of Care (POC) through a contract with the Division of Social Services. (A copy of the attendance record will be required to be used as verification).
- Must be in good standing with CACFP, POC, Delaware Stars and other Capacity Grant partners. Standings reports are gathered by Capacity Grant staff from all involved partner agencies. Poor standings can result in deferral or denial of the Capacity Grant application.
- Must provide evidence of efforts to accommodate children with IFSPs, IEPs, 504 and/or behavioral or mental health plans; and
- Must be enrolled and engaged in quality improvement efforts through the Delaware Stars Program, prior to receiving grant resources. Engagement must be Star-Level appropriate per Delaware Stars Letter of Expectations and Partnership Agreements.
- Must not have been approved for Capacity Grant funds within the prior 24 months (time period is calculated based on Advisory Committee approval dates)—check with Capacity Grant Program Manager or TA with any questions.

Funding is not intended to be used to pay for construction or renovations.

Pre-Application Information:

The next Capacity Grant application deadline date is Friday, June 14, 2019 (noon).
Additional deadlines for 2019 will be announced.

Applications can be delivered in person to one of the Children and Families First offices, faxed, emailed or received by mail no later than noon on the day of the deadline.

For multiple program sites, one application per site is required.

Technical Assistance
On-site technical assistance (TA) by a Capacity Grant TA is highly recommended prior to submitting the application, in order to support a program throughout their application process. Programs should contact the Capacity Grant Program Manager to make arrangements for TA prior to submitting their application.

Each program that submits an application will be assigned a Capacity Grant Technical Assistant (TA). All programs submitting an application are required to participate in a site visit and “needs assessment” by a Capacity Grant Technical Assistant prior to the final award decision. The Capacity Grant TA will support the program in determining appropriate resources to request, and will arrange subsequent technical assistance.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications can be sent as follows:

Attention: Andrea Prettyman, Capacity Grant
Children & Families First
91 Wolf Creek Blvd, Suite 1
Dover, DE 19901

Fax: (855) 295-5331

Applications can be hand-delivered to one of the Children & Families First offices:

Please put on envelope: Attention: Andrea Prettyman, Capacity Grant
- New Castle County: 809 Washington St., Wilmington, DE
- Kent County: 91 Wolf Creek Blvd, Suite 1, Dover, DE
- Sussex County: 410 S. Bedford St, Georgetown, DE

Call 302-389-7268 to learn more or to request a meeting with a Capacity Grant TA.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware