The Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program is designed to support the expansion of existing licensed child care programs and increase the availability of licensed child care.

Eligible programs include:

  • Currently open and operating licensed programs, serving children birth to five, with a permanent or provisional license which are expanding their current licensed capacity; OR
  • An applicant actively pursuing a child care license through the Division of Early Care & Learning.

Programs that meet these criteria will be eligible for a grant from $3,000 up to $50,000.

Grants can be used to expand current capacity or to open a new child care program and to cover costs including training, background check fees, supplies, and facility improvement costs.

Programs must serve children ages birth to five to be eligible.

> Click here for a visual guide to the application process.

> Learn more about this funding opportunity and apply here.