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Overview

ECE Apply Now Flyer with linkThe American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) included $805 million to bolster North Carolina’s early care and learning network. Child Care Stabilization Grants will help NC’s early childhood educators recover from the COVID-19 crisis, get parents back to work and grow the state’s economy.

Read Governor Roy Cooper’s stabilization grants announcement.

Eligibility

Licensed Child Care Programs that are eligible for Stabilization Grant funding include: 

  • 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.

Use of Grant Funds

Funds may be used in eight categories as defined by the federal Office of Child Care:  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 business mortgage obligation, utilities, business-related insurance; also may include late fees or charges related to late payments (all costs must be incurred only up through 9/30/23) Facility maintenance or improvements, defined as minor renovations (such as renovating bathrooms, accessibility improvements (installing railing ramps, automatic doors) including outdoor learning spaces/playgrounds, and minor improvements to address COVID-19 concerns (such as removing non-load bearing walls to allow space for social distancing). 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 providing 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 MAT, and trainings related to COVID-19

How to apply?

Stabilization Grant Provider Applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 pm on October 31, 2021.

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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Resources

FAQs-English

Job Aid – Creating and Linking your NCID – PDF

Job Aid - Setting up your Direct Deposit – PDF

Job Aid - Application Instructions - PDF
Read the - Application Questions  - PDF  Note: Application must be completed online.
Staff and Training Worksheet  - PDF

Model Teacher Salary Scale - PDF
Terms & Conditions

 

New! Training – Planning for Your Stabilization Grant

 

Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Join as an attendee

Join audio conference only: +1-408-525-6800

Access code: 257 646 7762

Event password: FORMULA (3676852 from phones)

 

Monday, October 25, 2021, at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Access Code: 2432 881 7415

Event password: FORMULA

 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Access Code: 2437 038 4427

Event password: FORMULA

 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Access Code: 2427 584 1319

Event password: FORMULA

Learn how to join a WebEx meeting from your device.

 

Missed the introductory Stabilization Grants training? Watch now.

 

How can funds be used?


Funds may be used in eight categories as defined by the federal Office of Child Care:

  • 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 business mortgage obligation, utilities, business-related insurance; also may include late fees or charges related to late payments (all costs must be incurred only up through 9/30/23)
  • Facility maintenance or improvements, defined as minor renovations (such as renovating bathrooms, accessibility improvements (installing railing ramps, automatic doors) including outdoor learning spaces/playgrounds, and minor improvements to address COVID-19 concerns (such as removing non-load bearing walls to allow space for social distancing).
  • 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 providing 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 MAT, and trainings related to COVID-19

 

For questions, please call DCDEE’s Customer Support Team at (919) 814-6300, choosing Option 3, or email dcdee_support@dhhs.nc.gov.

 

 

 

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