3 Tips For Getting a Child Care Grant

I’ve been getting lots of questions from my readers lately about child care grants, so I thought I’d share some tips with you about daycare grants and how to find them. (If you want to subscribe to my email newsletter you can do so on the upper right side of this page.)

Tip #1:It is very hard to find grants to cover start-up costs, especially for an in-home family daycare.

The reasons for this are:

Most grant providers want to give funds to a child care business that is already stable and running successfully, but needs funds to improve their operations and/or take on more children. That way, they can be sure that the funds will be used wisely. It costs very little to start an in-home child care business (typically $1,000 or less). Most grant providers are looking for bigger opportunities to make a difference with their dollars.

Many child care grants are reserved for expansion of existing facilities, or non-capital improvements to an existing facility, such as training, better outdoor spaces, and the like.

Tip #2: The best place to start looking for your daycare grant is with your local Childcare Resource & Referral Agency.

To find yours, simply go to www.childcareaware.com and enter your ZIP code in the field on the right-hand side of the page. You’ll get the contact information for your local CCR&R. Call the number provided and introduce yourself, and ask to speak with the person who handles local grants and low-interest funding programs. If your region or state does not have any grant programs, they may be able to refer you to some non-profit foundations in your area that do (such as your local United Way chapter).

Tip #3:  Non-profit child care centers qualify for grants to a much greater degree than for-profit centers.

If you want to start a child care center, but you have little to no funds of your own saved, you may want to consider opening up a non-profit child care center. You can still earn a nice salary, and your likelihood of finding a start-up daycare grant is much greater if you set yourself up as a non-profit. I recommend finding other non-profit child care centers in your region or state, and contacting them with questions on how to get started. Most people in child care are very friendly and eager to help!

I go way more in-depth on this topic in my Daycare Success System, so if you want more information, be sure to check it out!

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  • Michelle March 28, 2010, 10:11 am

    Nice info with links – I appreciate any help as I am an in-home looking to open a center

  • julia lockett fisher April 17, 2010, 9:13 am

    i would love for someone to help me with all sources for opening my home daycare

  • julia lockett fisher April 17, 2010, 9:14 am

    thanks i would love help with opening my home daycare.

  • frenchfries June 1, 2010, 6:42 am

    the link for childcareware.com is wrong. it should be .net instead of .com.

  • Pearl Thomas December 26, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Thank you so much for children,well needed information.While I reside in a high crime area, low in-come area.I have operated a in home child care program, I need money to kinda beautify my home some educational tool’s.

  • Pearl Thomas December 26, 2010, 3:57 pm

    Interested in restarting my in home daycare, I just dont have the money , for small thing ‘s ie a coat of educational tools , While resideing in the Arburn Gresham area . very high crimed area need repairs in backyard fence.

  • pearl thomas December 26, 2010, 4:02 pm

    comment I should re open my childcare center soon.

  • Angela December 29, 2010, 8:36 am

    Great tips, thanks for the info!

  • Xiomara January 13, 2011, 12:58 pm

    I’m about to get my license to start a home daycare, but is really hard for me because I need almost all the furniture for it.

  • Dee April 25, 2011, 9:15 pm

    Thank you for this information. I have looked for help building my child care for years and just cant seem to find the help. My childcare facility is staffed with teachers that has degrees in Education in several areas, Speech Pathologist, Registered Nurse, and more that is ready and available to continue to help me transition to operating a daycare facility that will focus on high quality education for all income levels. I just need someone to financially sponsor and assist me in building a facility and buying educational equipment and material.

  • Colette September 17, 2011, 10:06 pm

    Thank you for the information on your website. I am a retired 4th grade teacher. I have a love for teaching and a desire to continue. I have opened a Day Care in my home but need desperately to expand, to be of a greater help to the parents. I do not have the finances to take me the distance I wish to go, and I need help. Any other information that you would be willing to share would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.