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Access to Quality Child Care Expansion Grant

Grant to a Washington, DC Nonprofit to Create
or Expand Early Child Development Programs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) - Division of Early Learning (DEL)

Conf. Date:

11/13/17

Deadline Date:

12/15/17 3:00 PM

Description:

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Grant to a Washington, DC nonprofit organization to fulfill the increased demand for child care programs for toddlers and infants within the district. This may include the establishment of new or expanded child care facilities. Applications are invited for nonprofits interested in implementing a sub-granting mechanism to child development providers.

Introduction:

The lack of access to quality early education settings for infants and toddlers is a major challenge with consequences for working parents and the children themselves, as they enter school less prepared than their peers. Providers are often unable to fill the gaps in supply due to the high cost of capital required to open or expand a child development facility.

One promising approach to respond to these challenges in other cities, including Philadelphia, Newark, NJ, San Francisco and Alameda County, has included conducting an analysis of gaps in access and providing much-needed start-up capital and technical assistance to providers through grants. Grants focusing on building developmentally appropriate learning spaces for infants and toddlers are particularly effective for two reasons: (1) grants provide capital for facilities and reduce the financial burden to providers aiming to expand or would-be providers aiming to open a center and (2) facilities improvements have a tremendous impact on the quality of existing and new slots.

Accordingly, this grant seeks to improve the supply of child care services in the District by providing financial and technical support to child development facilities in establishing new, renovating existing, or expanding existing child development facilities to serve more infants and toddlers.

Purpose of Funds:

The goal of the Access to Quality Child Care Expansion Grant is to increase the supply of child care services for infants and toddlers, which may include establishing new or expanding child development facilities serving infants and toddlers. Specifically, this Grant seeks to add a total of 1,000 new infant and toddler slots to DC’s infant and toddler child care supply by Sept. 2020, with the goal of an average of 300 new seats in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The Division of Early Learning (DEL), within OSSE, is soliciting applications from organizations interested in (1) developing and implementing a sub-granting mechanism for enabling child development providers to improve the supply of such child care services and (2) providing technical assistance for the same purpose.

The Grantee will design a sub-granting mechanism and administer a grant fund as well as provide technical assistance to sub-grantees and to other new or existing child development facilities regarding the licensure and expansion process in order to expand access to quality early childhood services using data from the most current research studies on the supply and demand of child care in DC.

At least 90 percent of the award must be used towards competitive sub-grants, for terms of at least 2 years, to organizations that provide child care services to infants and toddlers in the District for the purposes of improving the supply of child care services for infants and toddlers, which may include establishing new, renovating existing, or expanding child development facilities serving infants and toddlers; or carrying out other activities necessary to expand access to child care and improving the quality of child care services provided in the District consistent with the findings of the evaluation and studies conducted, as identified by OSSE. OSSE maintains the right to adjust the grant award and amount based on funding availability. Successful applicants may be awarded amounts less than requested.

The Grantee will:

a. Design and implement a competitive sub-granting mechanism with the following specifications:

a. Align the sub-grant competition with data from the most current research studies on the supply and demand of child care in DC, including the study completed by the Bainum Family Foundation’s Early Learning Facility Analysis and Financing Initiative, and with other DC initiatives focused on expanding the supply of quality, affordable child care for infants and toddlers, as identified by OSSE;

b. Hold a public engagement forum or forums in anticipation of the release of the sub- grant request for applications covering eligibility requirements, sub-grant amount range, application review process, reporting requirements, and other relevant information for sub-grant applicants;

c. Conduct additional marketing across the District to spread awareness of the grant opportunity.

d. Design a sub-grant competition as well as evaluation and awarding processes to be approved by OSSE/DEL. Requests for applications must include, but are not limited to, the following elements:

i. Purpose of the subgrant: (i) establishing new child development facilities; (ii) renovating existing facilities; (iii) expanding facilities; (iv) other activities necessary to expand access to child care and improving the quality of child care services provided;

ii. Eligibility requirements for subgrantees;

iii. Average funding amounts;

iv. Deadline for applications (time and date);

v. Method of application delivery;

vi. Application format: Applications for all subgrants must include a section on how the funds will be used to create sustainable infant and toddler seats and/or sustainably expand access to child care and improve the quality of child care services provided. This may take the form of a Sustainability Plan, a five-year business plan, or explanation of the Multiplier Effect of the grant funds, depending on the nature and scope of the specific subgrant type.

e. Distribute at least 90% of the total award through competitive sub-grants with the following specifications:

i. Sub-grantees shall be organizations that provide child care services to infants and toddlers.

ii. The term of sub-grants shall be 2 years, subject to the availability of funding.

iii. Sub-grants shall be awarded for the following purposes: (i) Improving the supply of child care services for infants and toddlers, which may include establishing new, renovating existing, or expanding child development facilities serving infants and toddlers; or (ii) Carrying out other activities necessary to expand access to child care and improving the quality of child care services provided in the District consistent with the findings of the evaluation and studies conducted, as identified by OSSE

iv. At least 50% of the amounts sub-granted shall be used to improve the supply of child care services for infants and toddlers eligible for subsidized child care.

The following priorities must be considered when awarding sub-grants:

1. Increasing the number of sustainable infant and toddler slots in the District;

2. Improving the supply of child care services for infants and toddlers eligible for subsidized child care

vi. Ensure that all design for new construction work, addition, alteration, repair, expansion increase in occupancy for permitting and licensing, for a home or child development center shall be prepared by registered architects or professional engineers licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.

b. Monitor the impact of sub-grants to ensure the financial and technical support is directly resulting in the creation and expansion of quality child care slots, and adjust technical assistance to sub-grantees if determined necessary to impact results.

c. Carry out other activities, as determined by OSSE, related to expanding access to infant and toddler child care and improving the quality of child care services provided in the District, including providing technical assistance to sub-grantees or to other new or existing child development facilities regarding the licensure and expansion process.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182449

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$9,000,000

Number of Grants:

1

Term of Contract:

The period for this grant will be three years, ending on September 30, 2020, contingent upon availability of funds. Each budget period will be one year, with the first period ending September 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be nonprofit organizations but are not required to provide direct child care services to infants and toddlers.

Additionally, eligible applicants must have a proven track record of success in providing financing and investment approaches and technical assistance in child development facility financing and development and specifically in grant-making related to child development facilities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The pre-application meeting will be held November 13, 2017 at OSSE (810 First St. NE, Third floor, Grand Hall A) from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

To attend the pre-application meeting, please RSVP to Tara Dewan-Czarnecki via email by November 6, 2017.

Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in the pre-application meeting.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than December 15, 2017 (3:00 PM). Applications must be submitted through EGMS. Late applications will not be accepted.

Contact Information:

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

Submit an application through EGMS:
http://grants.osse.dc.gov

Tara Dewan-Czarnecki, Program Manager
(202) 741-7637
Tara.Dewan-Czarnecki@dc.gov

Division of Early Learning
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
810 First St. NE, Ninth Floor
Washington, DC 20002

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