In a survey the Foundation conducted in 2021, responses indicated a need for assistance with equipment. This grant is designed to offer assistance to nonprofit childcare centers or group homes with physical needs such as office equipment, outdoor space needs, etc.
State-Based Grants Have Become Available for Licensed Providers
One silver lining that has emerged out of the pandemic has been an increased focus on the critical role that childcare plays in the workforce, particular for employees that provide essential services (example, nursing home and hospital employees, first responders, etc.).
The environment is changing fast and other resources may be coming. Check the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as well as Child Care Aware websites for other opportunities.
Additional Help is Available for Parents to Make Childcare Affordable
Hero Relief Program: New support in the form of government assistance is helping with the affordability issue. The Hero Relief Program offered through Kansas DCF, offers financial support for families who have countable income at or below 250% of federal poverty guidelines, or a monthly income of up to $5,458 for a family of four. Adults in the house must be employed an average of 20 hours a week. See income guidelines in the chart at right.*
Federal Child Tax Credit: As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, the Federal Government has made significant tax credits available for single filers earning under $75,000 and married couples filing jointly earning under $150,000. Parents with children under age 6 can elect to receive $300 per month per child from July through December of 2021. Those with children between the ages of 6 and 17 can receive $250 per month per child. The rest of the credit will be issued next April when 2021 tax returns are filed.
*Source: Kansas Department of Children and Families