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Capacity Grant

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

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Children and Families First

Deadline Date:

07/13/18 Noon Receipt


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Grants to Delaware licensed childcare programs to improve or expand childcare programs in low-income areas. Specifically, funding is intended for programs that serve infants and toddlers, children with special needs, English language learners, or for programs that provide child care during non-traditional hours. Eligible programs offer care that is safe, healthy, and appropriate.

The targeted funding categories, in detail, are:

- 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 compiled by a specialist);
- Infants and toddlers (defined as birth up to 36 months).

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. High needs areas are identified as follows:

- Wilmington River Area, Center City of Wilmington, Western Wilmington (zip codes including: 19703, 19801, 19802, 19803, 19804, parts of 19805, 19806 and 19809)
- Southern Dover (zip codes including: parts of 19901, 19904 and 19934)
- Southern Kent/Northern Sussex (zip codes including: 19933, 19941, 19950, 19952, 19954, 19960, 19963, 19946, and parts of 19943 and 19968)
- Georgetown area (zip codes including parts of 19947 and 19966)
- Western Sussex (zip codes including: 19973, 19931, 19956, 19940, 19945, and parts of 19945 and 19966)
- Eastern Sussex (zip codes including: 19945, 19975, 19967 19944, 19970, 19939, and parts of 19966)

Programs must accept POC and meet one of the following criteria:

- Be in a designated high needs area (see section above) 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.

Please note: Based on availability of funding, the criteria relating to POC enrollment and high needs areas may be adjusted by the Capacity Grant Advisory Committee


The main priority for funding is for those programs that meet the mandatory criteria noted above. Within this group of qualifying applicants, the priorities will be as follows.

- First Priority: High Needs areas and POC enrollment - Programs serving the highest percentage of POC-enrolled children, and located in identified high needs areas will receive higher priority.
- Second Priority: Targeted funding categories - In order to ensure an equitable distribution of funds across all target areas (Non-traditional hours, English Language Learners, Children with Special Needs, and Infants and Toddlers) and throughout the State, some applications may be deferred for future application rounds.
- Third Priority: Star Level with Delaware Stars - Programs at lower Star Levels may receive higher priority, with the other priority areas also being considered as well as the overall composition of the applicant pool for a particular application round.

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

Supplemental Funding to Expand or Enhance Nutritional and/or Physical Activity Environments:

Beginning with the January 2018 application round, Capacity Grant applicants have the option of applying for supplemental funding that is being provided for a limited time by the Division of Public Health’s Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Program (PANO) through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health.

Any site seeking to expand or enhance the nutritional and/or physical activity environments to implement the recommended standards that align with the Caring for Our Children Health and Safety Standards for Early Care and Education Obesity Prevention Standard Components may apply for this additional funding. These standards can be found as a link on the Children and Families First website, or contact the Capacity Grant Program Manager (or your Capacity Grant TA) for details. Use of the Supplemental Funding should address a Nutrition and/or Physical Activity and Screen time National Standard Component Description. Some examples for funding may include but are not limited to:

- Professional Development for staff, tied to nutrition, physical activity, adult/child health
- Supplemental curriculum to support “Healthy Lifestyles”
- Physical activity/play equipment

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180613

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Capacity Grant is available to licensed child care programs throughout the state of Delaware. 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 (if enrolled in Delaware Stars) and other Capacity Grant partners;
- 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.
- 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.

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.

Eligibility for supplemental funding to expand or enhance nutritional and/or physical activity environments:

- Programs must apply for, and be eligible for, the Capacity Grant and indicate intention to apply for the optional supplemental funding by filling out the Supplemental Funding section near the end of the Capacity Grant application.
- The Supplemental Funds are tied to the Capacity Grant, so a program must be approved for the Capacity Grant in order to also receive the Supplemental Funding.
- Funding Priority, Funding Level and Selection Process will match those of the Capacity Grant.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Friday, July 13, 2018 (5:00 PM). Additional deadlines for 2018 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.

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application, FAQs, and Optional Supplemental Funding-Caring for Children Self-Assessment form.

On-site technical assistance can be provided to support a program with the application process at a program’s request. Contact the Capacity Grant Program Manger to make arrangements.

All programs are required to participate in a pre-visit assessment by a Capacity Grant Technical Assistant prior to the final decision to provide resources and subsequent technical assistance. Each program approved for funding will be assigned a Capacity Grant Technical Assistant. The frequency and length of each visit will vary based on the need(s) being addressed. Technical assistance may be offered in areas such as (but not limited to): inventorying of new materials; administrative policies and general business management; staff retention and performance management; classroom management.

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 submitted in any of the following ways:

Send applications by mail to:

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

Fax applications to: (855) 295-5331

Email applications to:

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

- New Castle County: 2005 Baynard Blvd, Wilmington, DE
- Kent County: 91 Wolf Creek Blvd, Suite 1, Dover, DE
- Sussex County: 410 S. Bedford St, Georgetown, DE
Please put on the envelope: Attention: Andrea Prettyman, Capacity Grant

Contact Information:

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

If you have any questions when formulating your request, please call Program Manager, Andrea Prettyman at the above phone number or email address.

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