Delaware Daycare and Child Care Grants


The State Government of Delaware under the leadership of Gov. Jack Markell has actively implemented laws to improve child care in the state. Delaware has been aiming for a child safe and nurturing environment in terms of child care settings, and encourages the establishment of more child care facilities to aid parents, especially those who work, in the care of their children.

Child care centers operate with a lot of programs on hand. It is normal and expected from them, to be devising a number of plans to improve their child care program. The number one hindrance which can come along with any arrangement for development is with regards to the financial aspect. Grants seem to rescue a number of projects if they coincide to the necessary requirements.

There are different types of grants. First, there is a type of funding for almost everyday bills to any specific program. This is called the Operating Support Grant. With this kind, no liquidation is asked from the child care center. This seems to follow a simple procedure, as long as all financing aid will be brought to the goodwill of child care.

On the other hand, a form of grant which puts a lot of attention into detail is the Planning Grant. It requires a proposal letter which gives information on the specifics of the program. This includes the cost, potential problems, and the possible outcome of the project.

It also happens that centers would apply for a grant for only a particular project wherein the requirement would only be a detailed program. This will be through Project Support Grants. In another type of grant which is the Technical Support Grants, a marketing consultant is hired to support the center. It operates on lending the grant to the business’ management.

For the Facilities and Equipment Grants, the business will be given funds to help them in buying physical assets, be in structure or any form of materials that are durable enough to last long. Moreover, there is what we call a Long term Support Grant, for educational programs or other long-standing projects. Supporting documents are required here to aid in the payment details.

A grant which will be very helpful to daycare starters will be in the form of investment money, or the one knowingly called, Initial Grants. In the first few setting up years, money will be endowed to the investor. They are given in staggered yearly reducing amounts until the time that the center is stable enough to establish funds and repay the initial grant.

In an equal opportunity, there is what we call matching grants. Foundations combine in a chance to give a grant to a business which can match the amount of aid endowed to them.

They also have three classifications of grants. First, is the emergency mini-grants for licensed operators. For those with an operating license, the grant can be maximized to a $2,000, while for provisional licensees, it is trimmed down to $1,000.. Second, there are legally exempt grants for centers catering fewer than four children, as help for families under subsidy for child care. This grant might be considered small time having $100 in amount, but can best support materials, such as first aid kits, cribs, toys, and the like.

Lastly, the quality improvement grant rewards a higher amount of $500 for the pursuit of quality service offered by child care homes to low-income children. With all the three mentioned grants, once a center is funded, reapplication may be done after three years.

Different Sources of Grants

  1. Federal

    Federal grants are funded by the different agencies of the federal government. Typically, grants from a federal agency are funneled down to the communities through state agencies.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture – It has two agencies with start-up/expansion funding programs:

    The Rural Housing Service (RHS) has facility funding available for non-profits or local governments that support child care facilities. (

    The Rural Business Cooperative Service has guaranteed loan programs for small business development available for profit child care programs. For eligibility or to apply for any of their programs, contact the state or local Rural Development Office,

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – The agency has funding programs that support child care services. The Child Care Bureau has several funding programs for child care facilities.

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – It supports child care facilities near or within public housing, EZ/EC’s, or low-income areas through facility construction using block grants, programs, and networks. To determine eligibility or to apply for any of their programs, contact the state HUD office at

    U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – It provides small businesses financing options, technical assistance, and child care resource information. Check with your local SBA offices at

    U.S. General Services Administration – It has programs that allow the donation of surplus federal personal property to state and local public agencies and qualifying nonprofits, which include child care centers. Please contact

    There are other federal programs that support child care such as:

    The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides child care vouchers to subsidize the cost of care for low-income families as well as funds for state child care quality improvement initiatives. Nearly half of all children receiving CCDF subsidies are between the ages of five and 12. States are required to utilize at least 4 percent of their CCDF funds on quality activities and may also use discretionary funds earmarked by Congress for school-age care quality improvements and/or resource and referral activities. States may choose to use these funds to support initiatives to improve the quality and availability of school-age care, such as training programs or capacity-building grants for afterschool providers.

    Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds, which provide financial support for low-income families, may also be used to support afterschool programs in ways consistent with one or more of the four purposes of the TANF program. States may either directly spend TANF funds on afterschool programs and initiatives, or states can transfer up to 30 percent of their federal TANF allocation to the CCDF. TANF funds transferred to CCDF are subject to all of the CCDF rules and requirements, and can be used to expand out-of-school time capacity-building and quality-enhancement efforts. Direct TANF spending can provide states with additional flexibility when it comes to afterschool care. For example, funds can support services for older youth and can support programs as well as individual subsidies for children.

    The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) is the only federal funding source that exclusively supports afterschool programs. The purpose of 21CCLC is to support community learning centers that provide students with a broad array of academic enrichment services, including tutoring, homework help, and community service, as well as music, arts, sports, and cultural activities. When the program first began in 1998, the U.S. Department of Education made competitive awards directly to school districts. However, following the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002, 21CCLC was converted into a state formula grant program. As a result, the Department of Education awards grants to State Education Agencies (SEAs), which then manage statewide competitions to grant funds to eligible organizations.

    Federal Food and Nutrition Programs may support snacks or meals for afterschool program participants. After school programs may be able to receive reimbursements from one of four different food and nutrition programs administered by the U.S.

    Department of Agriculture: the National School Lunch Program: Afternoon Snacks, the Child and Adults Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program and the School Breakfast Program. Reimbursement from these programs can be used to free up funds already spent on meals and snacks to support other program components.

  2. State

    There are several state agencies in Iowa that fund child care assistance programs. Many grants can be obtained through the Family Child Care and Development Grants. Applications can be made through In addition, funding sources can be accessed through the following programs of the Delaware Department of Human Services:

    School and Child Mental Health Resources

    The Delaware Department of Education and Child Mental Health have partnered through a Federal Grant to assist teachers parents and other professionals in understanding mental health and substance abuse issues and obtaining help for children.

    A parent or teacher may have asked a school nurse, family crisis therapist, counselor or other staff or mental health professional for help because the child may not be responding to classroom interventions or a school screening program may have identified a child who may profit from formal mental health or substance abuse treatment.

    Contact Information

    Dennis Rozumalski, Education Associate, Student Services and Special Populations


    Phone 302-735-4273

    Fax 302-739-4483

    Office of Head Start State Collaboration

    The purpose of the Delaware Head Start State Collaboration Project is to serve as a liaison between the regional office, Head Start grantees and state agencies providing services to low-income families.

    The mission of the Collaboration Project is to create a visible presence for Head Start at the state level in policymaking, partnerships, initiatives, and decisions that affect low-income children and their families.


    • To coordinate with and support the implementation of Early Success, Delaware’s early care and education system;
    • To ensure Head Start participation in state level initiatives related to educational opportunities, childcare, inclusion, health, literacy, community services, welfare reform, and homelessness;
    • To facilitate the involvement of Head Start in state policies, plans, processes, and decisions affecting the Head Start eligible population and other low-income families related to dental services, mental health services, and services to children with disabilities.

    Priority Areas

    1. Health Care – Promote access to timely health care services, including general health, oral health, and mental health services
    2. Homelessness – Support access to services for children experiencing homelessness through coordination with state and local education agencies (LEAs) implementing McKinney-Vento requirements.
    3. Welfare – Encourage and support collaboration with welfare systems (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program)
    4. Child Welfare – Improve or enhance coordination with child welfare services, including foster care and child protective services
    5. Child Care – Coordinate activities with state child care agencies and child care resource and referral agencies to strengthen partnerships between local Head Start and child care programs to make full-working-day and full-calendar-year child care services available to children
    6. Family Literacy – Promote and support state and local connections that enhance family literacy
    7. Disabilities – Increase opportunities for children with disabilities
    8. Community Services – Promote and support full utilization of relevant community services, including public schools, public libraries, museums, and law enforcement agencies, and promote effective outreach efforts to Head Start-eligible families
    9. Education – Facilitate alignment of education curricula and assessments used by Head Start agencies with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and, as appropriate, with state early learning standards and kindergarten curricula. Promote and support appropriate curricula for limited English proficient children and expand partnerships with LEAs for coordinated pre-kindergarten and transition to kindergarten services
    10. Professional Development – Support Head Start grantees in better accessing professional development opportunities for staff to meet the Head Start degree requirements


    Delaware is a Wave III grant, which was funded in 1996. The current federal funding level is $125,000 per annum.

    Reports and Assessments
    Each year, the ECAP program evaluates its ability to help children develop appropriately, and assist families in meeting self-identified goals.

    Eligibility and Enrollment

    April Hill-Addison
    Head Start State Collaboration Director

    Department of Education
    Townsend Building
    401 Federal St., Suite 2
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: (302) 735-4210

    Fax: (302) 739-2388


    Gifted and Talented Programs

    The Statewide Advisory Council on Programs for the Gifted and Talented (SACPGT) is an advisory body consisting of representatives from Delaware School Districts, Charter Schools, and Institutions of Higher Education. The purpose of the council is to provide leadership, advocacy, and guidance for informed decision making involving programs for the gifted and talented.

    Debora Hansen
    Education Associate

    Phone: 302-735-4195

    Fax: 302-739-7645

    Special Education

    The mission of the Exceptional Children Group, in collaboration with other DOE units,is to provide the leadership to ensure that Delaware delivers an effective system of education for students with disabilities that is in full compliance with Federal and state laws. This mission is accomplished by having in place a legal framework, collaborative relationships, needs assessment, program supports, and monitoring to ensure that students receive a free and appropriate public education.

    National School Breakfast Program Facts

    What is the School Breakfast Program? The School Breakfast Program originated as a pilot project under the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to target low-income areas and locations where children had to travel a great distance to school. It was later expanded to schools where there was a special need to improve the nutrition and dietary practices of low-income children. In 1975, the School Breakfast Program was made available to any school that wanted to participate. It now serves students from all socioeconomic levels; federal reimbursement is available for all breakfast meals served to students. Students qualifying for free and reduced-price breakfasts in the National School Lunch Program may also receive free and reduced-price breakfasts.

    Who Can Participate? Any Public School District, Charter School, Residential Child Care Institution, Tax Exempt Non-Public School may apply to sponsor the NSB Program.

    Meal Pattern Requirements:
    To qualify for federal reimbursement, meals must meet federal meal pattern requirements specified by the Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture.

    For More Information: Call or write to the Delaware Department of Education, School and Community Nutrition Programs, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901; 302-735-4060.

    National School Lunch Program Facts

    What is the National School Lunch Program? The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is the oldest and largest of the child nutrition programs operated by the Food and Consumer Service (FCS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since 1946, the NSLP has made it possible for schools to serve nutritious lunches to students each school day. States receive federal reimbursement and other assistance in establishing, maintaining, and operating the program.

    Who Can Participate? Any Public School District, Charter School, Residential Child Care Institution, Tax Exempt Non-Public School may apply to sponsor the NSL Program.

    What are Commodities?

    • Commodities are government entitlement foods made available to organizations that participate in School and Community Nutrition Programs. These foods are offered to sponsoring organizations at a fraction of their market value.
    • Cash in Lieu of Commodities – Participating organizations may choose to receive cash instead of the actual commodities. A federal formula is used to determine the amount of commodity entitlement; similarly a formula is used to determine the valve is incorporated into the reimbursement rate and received on a monthly basis.
    • Bonus Commodities – In addition to the entitlement commodities, the school lunch program may also receive “bonus commodities”. This bonus program allows the Secretary of Agriculture to donate surplus or price-support commodities, which may not be assessed against the state’s mandatory allocation. The amount of commodities distributed under the bonus program varies from year to year, as do the specific types of commodities that are provided.

    Meal Pattern Requirements: To qualify for federal reimbursement, schools must serve lunches which meet meal pattern requirements specified by the Secretary of Agriculture.

    For More Information: Call or write to the Delaware Department of Education, School and Community Nutrition Programs, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901; 302-735-4060.

  3. Private

    Private foundations that are based or operating in the State of Delaware, as well as those operating nationwide, can also be tapped as source of funding for the establishment and operation of child care business, support for parents and families to avail of child care services, and the training of professionals in the field of child care.

    Some of these foundations are the following:

    AstraZeneca Community Support

    AstraZeneca contribute to more than 140 nonprofit organizations focused on health, disability, seniors, science and math education, families, women and children, youth development, community services and the arts.

    Contact Information:

    AstraZeneca phone number

    • Information Center: 1-800-236-9933

      Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET, excluding holidays

    BJ’s Charitable Foundation

    BJ’s Charitable Foundation was established with the goal of creating a positive, long-lasting impact on the communities BJ’s serves, the mission of BJ’s Charitable Foundation is to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. Since its first grant in 2005, BJ’s Charitable Foundation has allocated funds on a quarterly basis, giving more than $7.4 million to over 800 community organizations in the 15 states where BJ’s Clubs are located.

    Areas of support: Hunger, Self-sufficiency, Health, Education. BJ’s Wholesale Club has over 180 locations in 15 states: CT, DE, FL, GA, ME. MA. NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, VA.

    Contact Information:

    Note: Please address your correspondence to the attention of the appropriate department and/or individual. Mail sent to BJ’s corporate offices without this information may not reach the intended recipient.

    BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
    P.O. Box 9601
    Natick, MA 01760

    Delaware Community Foundation

    The Delaware Community Foundation manages charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and organizations, and distributes income from the funds as grants to humanitarian, educational, health and cultural entities throughout the First State.

    Contact Information:

    Wilmington Office
    Community Service Building | 100 W. 10th Street, Suite 115 | Wilmington, DE 19801
    P: 302.571.8004 | F: 302.571.1553

    Mailing Address:

    P.O. Box 1636, Wilmington, DE 19899

    Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF)

    RBF is dedicated to promoting the well-being of all people in the transition to global interdependence. One of the goals of the fund’s Education Program is to promote universal, quality education and care for pre-K children by using a comprehensive approach to their development, including concerns for health, safety, and readiness to learn. Strategies include supporting development of public policies that promote universal access to early childhood programs, and advancing the professional development of early educators.

    Contact Information:

    Bank of America Foundation

    The Bankof America Foundation operates with one of the largest philanthropic budgets of any financial institution in the United States. In 2001 it contributed more than $85 million in cash to nonprofit organizations across the country. It concentrates funding on pre-K through grade 12 educations and supports programs in early childhood development, economic and financial education, and teacher development. Community revitalization is another focus for funding nonprofit organizations.

    Contact Information:

    Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

    The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a private philanthropy based in Flint, Michigan. Through four programs, it makes grants in the United States and selected regions internationally. In 1997 the foundation and the U.S. Department of Education entered a multi-year partnership in support of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). The foundation helped support the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project.

    Contact Information:

    Mid-Del Charitable Foundation

    The mission of Mid-Del Charitable Foundation is to consolidate the charitable undertakings of Delaware State Fair, Inc. and Harrington Raceway, Inc., with an emphasis on supporting organizations and activities involving agricultural, civic and social needs existing in the State of Delaware and such other charitable, educational and scientific endeavors as the governing body of the Foundation from time to time or at any time deems appropriate.

    Contact Information:

    Wachovia Regional Foundation

    The Wachovia Regional Foundation is a private foundation that aims to improve the quality of life for children and families living in low-income neighborhoods in New Jersey, Delaware, and eastern Pennsylvania. The Foundation concentrates its resources on the creation and implementation of resident-driven neighborhood plans.

    Contact Information:

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