COVID-19 put a spotlight on the critical role that childcare plays in supporting the city’s economy, businesses, and families. As part of the Unified Early Childhood Workforce Stabilization Initiative, the City of Alexandria is partnering with ACT for Alexandria to award Provider Sustainability Grants. Childcare providers generate revenue primarily through enrollment and tuition fees and this business model depends on full enrollment. The purpose of the sustainability grant is to provide financial support to licensed and regulated providers in the City of Alexandria that are in danger of closing or have a business in recovery as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Grant amounts will be based on enrollment capacity. Allowable uses include:
- Financial relief to childcare providers to help defray unexpected business costs associated with the pandemic, and to help stabilize their operations so that they may continue to provide care
- Personnel costs, including increased compensation, benefits, ongoing professional development, premium pay, staff bonuses, and employee transportation costs to and from work
- Rent/mortgage costs, utilities, facilities maintenance and improvements, and insurance. (Examples of facility improvements include playground upgrades and other minor renovative efforts focused on providing a safe developmentally appropriate environment, such as renovating existing spaces. New construction and major renovations are not allowed)
- Training and professional development related to health and safety practices
- Business resources or software products that assist in effective and safe operations
- Goods and services necessary for operating a childcare program, including equipment and materials to facilitate childcare, such as diapering supplies and care materials
- Infant and early childhood mental health consultation to support children, staff, and families in childcare facilities. This may include ways to support children with challenging behaviors or to help children, families, and staff who may need support due to pressures of the pandemic
- Payment of past COVID-19 losses and expenses retroactive to March 15, 2020, to ensure future childcare business viability
There will also be an opportunity to apply for Social Emotional Wellness Grants. This funding is for family childcare homes and center based childcare classrooms to create and equip social/emotional wellness spaces for children in need of self-regulation and trauma support.
Grant awards will be based on operating status and licensed or approved capacity. A funding formula will be used to determine award amounts, similar to the Virginia’s Department of Education approach (See below).
Applications will be accepted from February 2 – 25, 2022. Please see the link below to register for the information session on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 6:30pm to learn more about the grant program. If you are unable to attend the info session, the video will be posted here under Resources upon completion. The grant application link will be posted below on February 2, 2022.
This program is being supported, in whole or in part, by the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds award number 21.027 awarded to the City of Alexandria, Virginia by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Register here for the info session.
Info Session Recording Here
Alexandria Childcare Workforce Stabilization Grant Program Application
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Grant application link posted here.
For assistance in creating an account with ACT’s Grant Management System (Foundant), please contact Aaliyah Kerr at email@example.com