Grant funding for licensed family child care homes and child care centers affected by COVID-19 in the City of L.A. Applications are due Monday, October 26, 2020 by 12:00 PM PT.
About the Program
COVID-19 has exacerbated unprecedented challenges to child care providers and parents seeking quality child care options in Los Angeles. Already struggling to receive adequate funding and keep pace with demand before the crisis, Los Angeles’ child care programs have been struggling to continue services as operational costs surge and sources of funding decline. Only 32% of Los Angeles County’s child care centers and 73% of family child care homes are currently open, and many child care providers will be forced to close permanently without additional financial support according to a September report by the County’s Department of Public Health.
In response, City of Los Angeles Council President Nury Martinez championed the creation of the COVID-19 Child Care Provider Grant Program to provide relief to licensed Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers.
Family Child Care Homes – up to $10,000
Small Child Care Centers (Up to 60 slots) – up to $25,000
Large Child Care Centers (61+ slots) – up to $40,000
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Applicants must be:
- Licensed Child Care operators in the City of Los Angeles that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, who have endured a hardship or reduction in revenue.
- Child Care facilities in good standing with the California Department of Social Services – Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD).
- Child Care operators with a City of Los Angeles Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC) that is in good standing (Family Child Care operators and Non-Profit Centers are exempt from this requirement).
- Child Care facilities operating under a corporation with an “active” status with the Secretary of State (Family Child Care operators are exempt from this requirement. Non-Profit Centers must show proof of their non-profit status).
- Child Care Agencies with operating budgets of over $5 million
- Head Start and Early Head Start programs
- Multi-site, state-subsidized programs (if their budget is greater than $5 million)
How must the funds be used?
Grant funds may be used for the following:
- Employee payroll
- Payroll for employee sick time
- Working capital to continue operations
- Payment of outstanding business expenses
- Adaptive business practices & health/safety equipment or materials needed to remain open