NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is partnering with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to make $10 million in new assistance available to help licensed childcare agencies that were impacted by the recent COVID-19 emergency and the March 3 tornado disaster. Starting Tuesday, March 24, agencies will be able to apply for grant money to recoup some of their losses and expenses.
These grants are available to support licensed child care agencies with eligible expenditures including but not limited to:
The award amount for the Equipment, Materials & Supplies and Consultants and Coaches categories will not exceed $1,000 per slot of licensed capacity to care for children.
“The COVID-19 emergency and recent tornado disaster have combined to create substantial challenges for our child care partners,”said TDHS Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes.
“These grants will provide the assistance agencies need to sustain critical staff and operations resources as they respond to and recover from these events. Parents, businesses, and children all depend on quality early childhood education that’s safe and healthy”.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will be administering the grants in collaboration with TDHS. Licensed childcare agencies are encouraged to learn about grant opportunities and to apply online by visiting www.childcaretennessee.com.
Funding for the emergency grants is provided through the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) that provides funding to state programs that offer assistance to families with low-income through subsidized child care, activities and services to improve the quality and availability of child care, and the regulation of child care agencies throughout the state.