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Child Care Business Funding Opportunities

Child Care Business Funding Opportunities

Learn about WBDC grants and other funding available for your child care business

WBDC Child Care Business Opportunity Fund


The Women’s Business Development Council is pleased to offer grants of up to $25,000 to qualified child care businesses in Connecticut.

WBDC, in partnership with OEC, is offering grants of up to $25,000 to qualified child care businesses in Connecticut through its Child Care Business Opportunity Fund, designed to help licensed and aspiring child care businesses grow!  The Fund has 4 grant programs targeting different stages of business, from start-ups to those ready to grow their business.

This page and each grant program page, include all the information you need to submit your application. Please read through the content carefully and select the program that best applies. 

This is a competitive process and WBDC may not be able to fund all strong applicants.  Next round is anticipated to open in February 2022.

Educational Services

Did you know WBDC also offers business training and counseling?

Overview of each WBDC Grant Program:

Click on the below tabs to learn more

One-time grants of up $5,000 to aspiring and newly licensed child care providers in need of financial assistance to cover start-up operating expenses

Grant applications will be accepted from November 1st – December 5th

Grants up to $25,000 to licensed providers operating for 6 months or more with enrolled children, that are suffering severe revenue shortages and in need of financial assistance to cover emergency projects and operating expenses

Grant applications will be accepted from November 1st – December 5th

Grants up to $25,000 to licensed providers operating for 2 years or more with enrolled children, that are seeking to increase the slots they have available, meaningfully increase enrollment to a new age group within an existing site or a new site, or create a new revenue stream outside of enrollment

Grant applications will be accepted from November 1st – December 5th

Incremental grants and incentives (up to $10,000 value) to licensed child care providers that engage in long-term business development and adopt healthy business practices

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis

You are permitted to apply for each grant program you qualify for based on the eligibility criteria listed on each grant page.  The grant application process for the Start-Up, Emergency, and Expansion Grant Programs are very similar.

Choose from one of the Grant Programs below to learn more!

Tips for Navigating the Grant Process:

  1. Read the description on each grant program to determine if one of them is right for you (see Overview section above, and visit the respective grant page -> click green box above)
  2. Watch a recording of our latest bilingual Information Session (see links below)
  3. Read through our FAQs here – includes most common questions from applicants
  4. Download the Application Guide with document checklist from the specific grant page (scroll to Application Questions section)
  5. Take time to think through your needs for this grant and work on your application
  6. Reach out to us for assistance in preparing your application if you are eligible (best practice is to keep your questions ready ahead of time)

Information Sessions (bilingual):
Tune into an Information Session to learn more about these grant programs and how to prepare your application, and hear some Q&A.

Original Information Session on November 5 – General Overview:
Register Here for English Recording / Register Here for Spanish Recording

Latest Information Session on November 19 – Quick Overview + Updates + Common FAQ:
Register Here for English RecordingRegister Here for Spanish Recording

Attendees of these sessions may also join us for extended Office Hours or meet with a WBDC Advisor for additional support.  See your grant page for further details.

Municipally run child care programs, license-exempt programs, licensed youth camps, are not eligible for WBDC grants due to limited funding and alternate opportunities.

If your business is outside the child care industry and based in Connecticut, WBDC has other grant programs that will be available in early 2022. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with a WBDC Business Advisor or participate in one of our classes to learn more.

If you have multiple OEC licenses, you may submit an application for each location/license number.  However, the following policies apply for multiple awards:

  • Full-time programs can receive up to 2 grants per year, in addition to the Business Incentive Program.
  • Part-time programs can receive 1 grant per year, in addition to the Business Incentive Program.
  • Child care owners that have multiple OEC licenses can receive grants, following the above policies, for no more than 3 sites in a year.

Over the past year, WBDC has disbursed over $1.9 million in
cash and technology grants and incentives to
130 licensed child care providers across Connecticut.

WBDC’s Child Care Business Opportunity Fund is made possible through a partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).

Additional Funding Opportunities 

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The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is committed to helping the state’s child care providers recover and rebuild with its Ready Set Rebuild initiative.

The first Ready Set Rebuild program is OEC’s Child Care Program Stabilization Funding.  This funding supported COVID-19 related expenses and continued operations of licensed child care programs (DCCC, DCGH, DCFH) and license-exempt programs serving Care 4 Kids families (DCEX).  WBDC is partnered with the OEC to offer business training and counseling to help providers apply for funding and manage the funds effectively once received.

This program is now closed, but we have support for awardees.

Click here to access our Stabilization Funding resources

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program provides economic relief to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19.  Funds can be used to cover working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation of health care benefits, rent, utilities, and fixed debt payments. We provide counseling to help you understand and apply for this program. As part of the EIDL Program, SBA is also offering Targeted EIDL Advance grants to businesses in low-income communities, and an additional Supplemental Targeted Advance grant to businesses in low-income communities with 10 or fewer employees.  Read more about the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) EIDL program here.

Need assistance applying? Contact us at childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org or (203) 353-1750 x113 to book a session with a WBDC Business Advisor for support.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provided loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during COVID-19 by covering payroll costs and other expenses.  This PPP loan may be forgivable if you spend at least 60% of the funds you receive on payroll.  The deadline to apply for this program closed in May, but now is the time to apply for PPP forgiveness if you haven’t already.  Read more about SBA’s PPP forgiveness here.

Need assistance applying for PPP forgiveness? Contact us at childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org or (203) 353-1750 x113 to book a session with a WBDC Business Advisor for support.