Child Care Stabilization Grants
On October 7, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper announced a historic, one-time federal $805 million investment in North Carolina’s early care and learning programs. The North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grants, made possible by funding from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, will support working families with access to high-quality, affordable child care. The grants will also help early care and learning programs with recruitment and retention, enabling them to provide better wages and benefits to teachers, and promoting equity for all—children, parents, and teachers.
Portal reopened for April recertification applications. Closes at 5PM May 31, 2022
[If you have already submitted the April recertification application, please ignore this post.] The Stabilization Grant Portal has opened again for child care programs that still need to submit the April recertification application. It will close again at 11:59 PM on May 31, 2022. Child care programs that submit an approved April recertification application by the May 31st deadline will receive a prorated payment for the April/May/June 2022 quarter. The quarterly grant payment will cover only one month, June 2022. These programs can expect to receive the prorated payment around mid-June 2022.
Seasonal Program Changes
Early care and learning programs with an approved recertification application that will be closed for the summer holiday or season will still receive Fixed Cost and Families Grants. If program receives Compensation Support Grants (either option), the program must continue distributing those funds to the eligible staff according to their payroll schedule.
May Grant Payments
Early care and learning programs whose recertification applications were approved after the April 5 deadline but on or before April 21 extended deadline will receive prorated funding for the April/May/June 2022 quarter. The quarterly grant payment will cover only May 2022 and June 2022. These programs can expect to receive the prorated payment around mid-May 2022.
Don’t Lose Your Grant Funds! Submit Updates and Recertification by April 4, 2022.
Child Care Stabilization Grant Recertification and Quarterly Updates will open on Tuesday March 15, 2022 at 9:00 AM. To continue receiving Stabilization Grant funds, every grantee program must submit a Recertification, plus any outstanding Quarterly Updates by April 4, 2022 at 5:00 PM.
Programs that don’t submit the required Recertification and Quarterly Updates will not receive grant funds beginning with the April 2022 quarterly payment.
Recertification is the opportunity for a program to change its selections regarding funds for compensation support; programs may opt-in, opt out, or switch options. Quarterly Updates give grantee programs the chance to demonstrate the impact of Stabilization Grants on your program, educators, children and families by documenting how funds have been spent.
Every grantee program is required to submit a Recertification and a Quarterly Update for the first quarter—January, February and March—of 2022. All grantees must also have submitted a Quarterly Update for the fourth quarter—October, November, and December—of 2021.If you haven’t submitted the 4th Quarter 2021 Quarterly Update, you must do so before you can continue to the 1st Quarter 2022 Quarterly Update and then on to the Recertification.
Stabilization Grant payments will be discontinued for any program that has not submitted the Recertification plus all applicable Quarterly Updates by April 4, 2022.
Recertification/Quarterly Updates Information Session
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No more Monthly Updates!
No monthly update is due in March 2022. To reduce the burden of reporting, the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) is suspending the requirement for Monthly Updates to Stabilization Grants.
No reduction in Fixed Costs and Families Grants for 2nd Quarter 2022 payment
The new year brought a new surge in COVID-19 infections due to the Omicron variant. Many North Carolina early care and learning programs have had to manage multiple closures and staff shortages. Back-to-back exclusions have left kids and their families struggling. To support you as the Omicron wave subsides, DCDEE will calculate Fixed Cost and Families grants for the April 2022 payment the same as January 2022 payment. The first planned reduction will come with the July-August 2022 payment. The amount of the reduction will be determined and shared with grantees in April.
WATCH: Stabilization Grants Training 1 - NC Stabilization Grant Application
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WATCH: Stabilization Grants Training 2 - Using Your NC Stabilization Grant
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WATCH: Stabilization Grants Training 3 – Introduction to Quarterly Reporting
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ABOUT CHILD CARE STABILIZATION GRANTS
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Development and Early Education administers the North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grants. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Eligible early care and learning programs may apply at any time.
There are two components of North Carolina’s Child Care Stabilization Grants. The two components are intended to grant early care and learning programs funds to facilitate high quality early childhood education at its true cost and increase compensation to staff. Each approved program receives a Fixed Costs and Families Grant, based on capacity, subsidized child care enrollment, program quality (star rating), infant/toddler enrollment, and community context (using Social Vulnerability Index).
Approved programs that elect to receive additional funding will also be awarded Compensation Supports Grants. There are two options for Compensation Supports. Programs selecting Option 1 agree to use the additional funding to provide bonuses to all staff. By selecting Option 2, approved early childhood programs agree to increase base pay and/or benefits, implementing a compensation scale that ideally factors in education and length of service as well as job responsibilities.
Licensed Child Care Programs that are eligible for Stabilization Grant funding must:
- Hold a license or be regulated under a notice of compliance by DCDEE on or before March 11, 2021, or
- Hold a current license or a notice of compliance and be eligible to participate in the Subsidized Child Care Assistance Program.
ACCEPTABLE USES OF FUNDS
Funds received for Compensation Supports must be spent on personnel costs according to the option for which they were awarded.
Fixed Cost and Families Grant funds can be used for:
- Family supports
- Personnel costs, including payroll, salaries, similar employee compensation, employee benefits, retirement costs, educational costs, child care costs; and supporting staff expenses in accessing COVID-19 vaccines;
- Rent (including under a lease agreement) or payment on any mortgage obligation, utilities, or insurance; also, may include late fees or charges related to late payments;
- Facility maintenance or improvements, defined as minor renovations, including outdoor learning spaces/playgrounds, and minor improvements to address COVID-19 concerns;
- Personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitization supplies and services, or training and professional development related to health and safety practices;
- Purchases of or updates to equipment and supplies to respond to COVID–19;
- Goods and services necessary to maintain or resume child care services;
- Mental health supports for children and employees;
- Health and safety trainings for staff, including but not limited to CPR, First Aid, and medication administration.
HOW TO APPLY
Be ready to apply, you’ll need:
- Business NCID#<
- Program information, such as enrollment and capacity
- Staff education and payroll
- Monthly expenses and revenues
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Child Care Stabilization Grant Data Dashboards
NCDHHS Division of Child Development and Early Education has created two data dashboards to provide Child Care Stabilization Grants summary data. The first dashboard gives insight into the impact of this historic investment, showing the total child care capacity and jobs that are supported by the grants both as a statewide to-date total and by county in an interactive map. The second dashboard illustrates the strength of NCDHHS’s commitment to the state’s early care and learning network by showing the total stabilization grant dollars paid to-date to child care programs statewide, and a pie chart of grantees by program type. This dashboard also features an interactive map of stabilization grant payment totals by county with several display options: All Payments, Fixed Cost Payments, Compensation Support Payments, Child Care Center Payments, Family Child Care Home Payments.
To get help with an application or update, or ask questions about Stabilization Grants, please call Stabilization Grants Customer Service Team at (919) 814-6300, Option 2, or email email@example.com.