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Child Care Business Start-Up Grant Program

Child Care Business Start-Up Grant Program

WBDC is pleased to offer grants of up to $25,000 to qualified start-up child care businesses

Child Care Business Start-Up Grant Program

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

Are you almost a Connecticut licensed child care provider with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), or have you recently become licensed with OEC? Are you in need of funding to help cover some of your start-up operating costs? Then this WBDC Start-Up Grant may be right for you!

We will be offering one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 for family home providers, up to $10,000 for group homes and up to $25,000 for centers to help individuals in financial need become licensed and operating child care providers with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).  This grant program is designed to support aspiring, unlicensed, and newly licensed child care providers in need of financial assistance to cover start-up operating expenses.  It is open to those in process of becoming a licensed and operating family home (DCFH), group home (DCGH), or child care center (DCCC), and those operating as a family home, group home, or center with enrolled children for less than 6 months.

Make sure to read the Eligibility section below before beginning the process to apply. We also encourage you to attend an upcoming Information Session. 

This is a competitive process and the WBDC will not be able to fund all strong applicants. 

*** This application period is now closed; updates will be shared with applicants by December. ***

Learn About the Start Up Grant Program

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Info Session Recordings- Watch Now!

Join Part 1: Overview Session to learn about what the grant can be used for and eligibility requirements!
Join Part 2: Application Process as we walk-through the application. Learn about the types of information we’re looking for and how to gather the supporting documents to apply.

All of our live sessions have passed. Please sign up below to watch a recording.

Part 1: Overview Session

Thursday, Oct 65:30pm-6:30pm – English
jueves, 6 de octubre 7:00pm-8:00pm – Spanish
Friday, Oct 7 1:30pm-2:30pm – English/Spanish
Wednesday, Oct 12 1:30pm-2:30pm – English/Spanish

Part 2: Application Process

Saturday, Oct 8 – 8:30am-9:30am – English/Spanish
Friday, Oct 14 – 10:00am-11:00am – English/Spanish
Saturday, Oct 15 – 8:30-9:30am – Spanish

We recommend you attend Part 1 and Part 2 of our information session to learn more about our grant program and application process, but you are not obligated to do so. You may choose to attend just one of the parts.


PART 1 – Register Here 
PART 2 – Register Here 

PARTE 1 en español – registrarse aquí
PARTE 2 en español – registrarse aquí


  1. Be one of the following:
    (1) Close to becoming licensed by OEC as a family home, group home, or center with location approved by CT Department of Public Health
    (2) Operating as an CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) licensed family home, group, or center with enrolled children for less than 6 months (since April 2022)
  2. Be pursuing a license or recently licensed as a provider with OEC for the first time
  3. Have your initial OEC site inspection scheduled or completed
  4. Be in good standing with the CT Department of Revenue Services (DRS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  5. Have a financial need for support with start-up costs

Those that meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

Additionally, the following businesses are NOT eligible:

1. Prior recipients of a WBDC Start-up Grant.

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

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

Priority Applicants

If there are more qualified applications than we can fund this round, priority will be given to the following programs:

  • Sites already approved by OEC, including those newly operating
  • Serve or will serve infants and toddlers
  • Accept or plan to accept Care4Kids
  • Are or plan to be a for-profit business

Not the right grant for you? Use the button on the right to see our other Child Care Business Grant programs.

Prepare Your Application

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Before you begin your application, you will be required to create a profile in WBDC’s eCenter portal to provide general information about you and your business.

If you are an existing WBDC client that has used eCenter before to register for classes, you will need to review and update your eCenter Profile by logging into eCenter, and clicking “My Information” on the left.

If you are an existing WBDC client that has not used eCenter before, click the link below to get to our eCenter. Then click “Forgot Password” in the top right corner. Enter your email and follow the on-screen prompts to access to your profile.  Once logged in, click “My Information” on the left to complete or update your information.

Click here to complete your eCenter profile

Application Questions

There are five sections of the application.

Section 1: Business Operations & Financial Summary
Section 2: How You Would Use the Grant
Section 3: Narrative of Your Business
Section 4: Supporting Documents for Uploading
Section 5: Compliance and Consent

Tips for Success

What we’re looking for in an application:

  • Thoughtful, complete, and well-developed picture of your business and how it will succeed
  • Clear use of funds, with a strong link to getting your business going
  • Financial Projections reflect seasonality of business, and numbers make sense
  • Display the business’ potential for success
  • Slot creation and strong enrollment potential
  • Job creation potential, with the business being able to create jobs
  • Return on investment, that the funds will unlock growth
  • Grant will have a meaningful impact on the business and help the business grow

Meet an Advisor

WBDC Business Advisors are available to help answer your questions after you have attended a live or on-demand information session. Appointments available in English or Spanish during standard business hours and evenings.

Request an appointment at:

*Please note* If you review your application with a business advisor, it does not mean you will receive a grant, as an external review committee is making the decisions on which applicants receive grants.

Additional Resources

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Proposed Use of Funds Tracker

Download the Proposed Use of Funds’ Tracker below and fill in to indicate your proposed use of funds with the contractor/vendor, and cost of each item.  This will be uploaded as your cover sheet, along with your back-up use of funds.

Download Here in Excel

Access Here in Google Sheets

Financial Templates

We have optional templates for you to use for your historical and financial documents.

If you are a family home (DCFH), a Balance Sheet is not required. If you utilize QuickBooks or another digital system, you should use financial statements from there, instead of the WBDC templates.

Historical Financial Template (English/Spanish):
Download in Excel / Save a copy in Google Sheets

Financial Projections Template (complete for 1 year only):
Download in Excel / Save a copy in Google Sheets

How to Obtain a Status Letter

You can obtain your Letter of Good Standing from the CT Department of Revenue Services (DRS) by visiting: https://drsindtax.ct.gov/AUT/welcomeindividual.aspx

You will need to log in using the EIN of your LLC, or your Social Security/Tax ID number used to file your taxes. If you file your taxes jointly with your spouse, you will need to use the main Social Security/Tax ID number used to file your taxes.  

Grants are made possible through a partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC).