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Child Care Emergency Relief Grant Program

Child Care Emergency Relief Grant Program

The Women’s Business Development Council is pleased to offer grants of up to $20,000 to qualified child care providers.

Emergency Relief Grants of up to $20,000
to qualified Connecticut child care providers

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC), in partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Connecticut Governor’s Workforce Council (GWC), is pleased to offer emergency relief grants between $1,500 and $20,000 to qualified OEC-licensed child care providers suffering severe revenue shortages as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Grants are designed to help cover immediate business expenses for businesses most in jeopardy of closing in the next 60 days.

Grants will be given to providers that can demonstrate a financial need and are committed to remaining in business.  Eligible programs include licensed centers, group and family child care homes.  License-exempt providers and licensed youth camps are not eligible for these funds.  Providers must be able to document the business expenses funds will cover, such as rent/mortgage, payroll, utilities, insurance, personal protective equipment (PPE), nurse consultant visits, medical consultation, NAEYC/NAFCC accreditation, and required COVID-19 infrastructure.

Qualified applicants (defined below) are required to complete an application package and comply with all requests for information from WBDC to be eligible to receive a grant. 
If you meet all the qualifications, it’s easy to get started, and WBDC will be there to help you every step of the way.

Qualified Applicants

• OEC-licensed family child care homes (DCFH), group homes (DCGH) and child care centers (DCCC)
• Operating with enrolled children as of January 2020
• Enrollment was at 80% or higher of licensed capacity in January & February 2020
• Business turned a profit in 2019 (if business was operational in 2019)
• Have an established method for tracking business income and expenses (i.e.,  QuickBooks, ProCare or shoebox)
   We will work with you on this if you don’t have one yet!

Priority Applicants

• Programs that serve infants and toddlers
• Programs that currently receive Care4Kids
• Programs that are NAEYC or NAFCC Accredited

Note: Special consideration will be given to programs that are state and/or federally funded (i.e., Care4Kids, School Readiness, Child Day Care Contract, State Head Start, Federal Head Start, and DCF) 

See below for complete list of application requirements and
how to get help from WBDC to complete your application package.

Application Deadline:  December 10, 2020
or until available funds are exhausted

Who is WBDC?  WBDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women succeed in business through entrepreneurial training, financial education, and access to capital.  Our team of expert Business Advisors is committed to supporting the short- and long-term business health of child care providers, helping them to maintain their operations during the pandemic and beyond.  Through grants, business counseling, business training, and access to resources, WBDC helps businesses to get back on their feet and move forward. 

Since we are committed to providers’ business health, grantees will be supported by a 12-month WBDC business support program, consisting of a business health assessment, individualized action plan, training and counseling to support business operations, access to resources, and regular check-ins with a Case Manager/Business Advisor.

Application Requirements
We are here to help you complete your application package, and will be with you every step of the way.  Scroll down to register for our group and 1:1 support sessions.

• Complete and submit a WBDC Intake Form (download fillable version here)
• Complete and submit a WBDC-OEC Emergency Relief Grant Application (utilize screener tool above to access)
• Provide evidence of planned use of funds – bill statements, pay stubs, receipts and/or paid invoices

• Provide a Letter of Good Standing from the CT Department of Revenue Services (obtain here)
    > This is not required for non-profit organizations.

• Provide financial statements (2018/2019 and 2020 YTD) – Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Statement (download fillable Balance Sheet template here, and fillable Profit & Loss Statement template here)
    > They are easier than you think, and we are here to help you create yours!
    > For assistance, register for a group training session on Thurs, Oct 22 at 6:00pm here, Thurs, Oct 29 at 9:30am here or
       contact us at (203) 751-9550 to book a 1:1 counseling appointment.

• Provide Form 1040, Schedule C, Form 944, or Form 990 of business tax returns (2018 and 2019, if operating in these years)
• If issued a consent order from the OEC within the last 18 months, provide a detailed description of work done to date to address the non-compliance

All applicants must also:

• Participate in a virtual business health assessment with WBDC Staff
• Comply with requests for information from WBDC

All awardees must agree to:

• Develop 12-month action plan for business, in conjunction with WBDC Business Advisor
     > Bonus: Continuing with this action plan will make you eligible for other WBDC and/or OEC grants in the future!
• Have a monthly call one-on-one with WBDC Advisor/Case Manager to review business progress and next steps
• Commit to participating in WBDC training and/or counseling at least once per quarter

• Open a business checking account if one does not already exist
• Commit to make best efforts to remain open with an adequate level of enrollment to maintain profitability through at least December 31, 2021 – a WBDC Advisor will work with you to calculate this level of enrollment.

• Submit quarterly financials to WBDC
• Share impact of these funds on your business with WBDC after 3-6 months

Please submit completed application package to WBDC at childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org.

Ready to learn more and get help with your application?

Information Sessions:
Learn more about the grant program, eligibility and the application process in a group training via Zoom.

– Thursday, October 15 from 5:30-6:30PM – Register here to access recording on-demand
Instruction in English only.  Special guests: OEC Commissioner Beth Bye & WBDC CEO Fran Pastore
– Tuesday, October 20 from 6:00-7:00PM – Register here
Instruction in English and Spanish. / Instrucción en inglés y español.
– Wednesday, October 21 from 9:30-10:30AM – Register here (make sure to select 10/21 date)
Instruction in English and Spanish. / Instrucción en inglés y español, in partnership with Early Childhood Alliance.

Financial Statement Training Sessions:
Learn how to get started on creating your financials (which are required to apply) in a group training via Zoom.

– Thursday, October 22 from 6:00-7:00PM – Register here
Instruction in English and Spanish. / Instrucción en inglés y español.
– Thursday, October 29 from 9:30-10:30AM – Register here
Instruction in English and Spanish. / Instrucción en inglés y español.

Book a virtual 1:1 appointment with a WBDC Business Advisor:
If the above dates don’t work for you, get started with a 1:1 counseling appointment for assistance with your application.
– Call us at (203) 751-9550
– Email us at childcarebusiness@ctwbdc.org

Confidentiality Notice

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, required by its funders to collect the data requested on this and related grant application forms.  WBDC places great value on your personal privacy and the confidential facts and figures you disclose concerning your business activities. Information concerning you and your business is kept strictly confidential and is reported only in aggregate or anonymously unless prior approval is received from you.

Given that this grant is made possible through support from the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), WBDC will be sharing limited data with them.  Data shared with the OEC will be limited to demographic data in aggregate, and license number and grant award amount for each provider.  The sharing of this data ensures that applicants meet the licensing qualifications for grants and allows the OEC to understand the demographic makeup of applicants and awardees.  Rest assured, your private business data, including financial statements (income, expenses, profit/loss) and household income, will not be shared with the OEC, or any third-party agency.

Funding Disclosure

The Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD), from the Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) which was established under the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), is offering the Office of Early Childhood Development (OEC) a grant in an amount not to exceed $5,298,180.00.  The Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) will support partnerships that provide market relevant training through short programs for displaced workers seeking to upskill or change careers and opportunity youth, all of whom have been adversely affected by the economic effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. 
WBDC’s Emergency Relief Grants are made possible through financial support from the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Connecticut Governor’s Workforce Council.  A portion of the afore-mentioned DECD WTIF grant to OEC includes $875,000 in funds for WBDC-OEC Emergency Relief Grants to child care providers.