PITTSBURGH, PA (July 1, 2021) The City of Pittsburgh has announced the launch of their Childcare Quality Fund, which will allow licensed daycares in the city to apply for a grant to improve facilities and programs. The funding will allow daycares to implement strategic investments that can help improve their Keystone STARS quality score while minimizing debt incurred.
Total program funding is $ 2 million and child care businesses and nonprofits are eligible to apply for funding based on their size. Family and group daycares are eligible for up to $ 12,500; licensed day care centers for less than 100 children are eligible for up to $ 25,000; and approved centers for more than 100 children are eligible for up to $ 50,000.
Eligible expenses under the Child Care Quality Fund include upgrades to facilities such as roof, windows, HVAC, plumbing, flooring replacements, mold and mildew testing. lead and sanitation, security infrastructure such as fire extinguishing systems, sprinklers and cameras / security systems, playground liner or equipment and fencing facilities, repairs and upgrades facilities to increase capacity.
Daycares may also request program improvement expenses such as instructional materials, child assessment instruments, professional development, literacy, gross motor skills, art, STEM, or play materials. drama, children’s furniture, child safety gear, hand washing sinks and other health and safety products. materials.
The fund is launched just after the city announced the Corporate Child Care Reinvestment Fund (CRiB), administered by Invest PGH thanks to the generous funding of the PNC Foundation. This pilot program will provide loans between $ 5,000 and $ 20,000 to child care companies to help them cover working capital expenses such as payroll, registration grants, leasehold improvements, software and other eligible business operating expenses.
Child care businesses can apply for assistance from both programs, as funding is specified for different uses. The main difference is that grants from the Childcare Quality Fund should be used to improve the quality of services and facilities, while CRiB loans should be used to pay for business operations. Additional information for both programs is available here.
The Childcare Quality Fund was developed in partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Equity, the Pittsburgh City Council Women’s Caucus, the Early Learning Resource Center Region 5, Allegheny County, Trying Together and the Alliance for Infants & Toddlers. Applications for the program will be managed by Try together and are available here.