Child Care Stabilization Grant

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The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) is pleased to announce the Child Care Stabilization Grant. This grant opportunity is made possible via the American Rescue Plan Act, which includes federal funding for New Mexico to invest in its child care system to ensure child care providers are economically stable and that safe, high quality, and affordable child care is available for all families.

The following information is needed to complete the application:

  • Program information
  • Program operation details (to include: hours of operation in February 2020, December 2020, and current)
  • Enrollment information (to include: children enrolled in PreK, average enrollment by age for January 2020 and current)
  • Staffing information (current number of staff by full-time/part-time status and role)
  • Estimated current monthly expenses

Eligible Providers:

  • Licensed centers, group homes, and family child care homes that were open or temporarily closed as of March 11, 2021.
  • Registered homes that were open or temporarily closed as of March 11, 2021 and participate in the child care assistance program.
  • Must be in good standing with child care licensing. 

 

NOT-ELIGIBLE:

  • Head Start programs (ARPA funding available to Head Start grantees)
  • Child Care providers that are permanently closed
  • Registered homes – food only programs

The application is open from September 1 – Oct 1, 2021.

Application

The child care provider or director is the only individual authorized to complete the application due to the information required for submission. All applications must be submitted electronically. If you need assistance in completing the application, please contact ececd.grants@state.nm.us.

The application must be completed in one sitting and will take approximately 45 minutes. When working through the application only use the previous and next buttons to progress through the pages.

Note: Do not use the back arrow on your browser window, this will cause you to lose all data entered in your application.

Questions?

Questions about the Child Care Stabilization Grant? Join ECECD for virtual office hours via Zoom. Click the dates below for meeting details.

Wednesday, September 22 at 6 p.m.

Topic: Office Hour Session For ECECD Stabilization Grant 

Time: Sep 22, 2021 6 PM Mountain Time

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Tuesday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

Topic: Office Hour Session 7 For ECECD Stabilization Grant 

Time: Sep 28, 2021 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 

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Contact Information:

E-mail: ececd.grants@state.nm.us

Physical Address:
PO Drawer 5619, Santa Fe, NM  87502

ECECD is committed to ensuring a fair and simple distribution process for this grant opportunity. Equity is integrated into the funding formula for each eligible child care provider throughout the state. ECECD developed criteria that will be utilized to determine the grant awards.

The funding criteria included the following:
  • Total authorized capacity
  • Capacity under 2 years old
  • Quality level
  • Remaining open during pandemic
  • Social Vulnerability Index
Eligible expenses for the Child Care Stabilization Grant are as follows:
  • Personnel costs and benefits;
  • Premium pay, or costs for employee recruitment and retention;
  • Rent (including under a lease agreement) or payment on any mortgage obligation, utilities, or insurance;
  • Facility maintenance or improvements, including outdoor learning spaces/playgrounds;
  • Equipment that helps maintain or resume child care services to include: Personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitization supplies to respond to COVID-19 (e.g., gloves, face masks, sanitizer, disinfectant supplies, etc.);
  • Health and safety trainings for staff, including but not limited to, CPR, first aid and medication administration;
  • Mental health supports for children and employees (e.g., provide social and emotional development trainings, therapy/counseling, etc.).

The grant dollars MUST be expended for the above-outlined purposes.

All grant recipients must spend the funds by September 2023 and will need to submit a summary report detailing how the funds were spent.

ECECD will conduct random audits to ensure that the funds are expended according to the grant’s intent.

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Child Care Stabilization Grant Presentation
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  • Updated September 21, 2021