PAACT, Low Income Investment Fund and Wells Fargo Foundation Partner to Provide Grants for Family Child Care Programs
In July 2021, GEEARS ordered a statewide survey of 400 Georgian parents with children aged 0-4 who focused on a range of topics, including childcare arrangements and levels of satisfaction, general attitudes towards, perceptions and preferences in matters care, and the financial and employment impacts of child care during these unprecedented times.
More than six in ten (62%) said that in light of the coronavirus pandemic, they are more likely to consider smaller home care than large groups. Home care includes care of family / friends / neighbors and family day care. With families preferring to care for their children in smaller facilities, our city-wide alliance of public and private partners saw an opportunity to step in and support licensed home-based child care providers in Atlanta.
PAACT: Promise All Atlanta’s Children to Thrive, a city-wide alliance convened by GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Student Loans, in partnership with the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), launched a new grant program exclusively for home child care programs located in the city of Atlanta. PAACT and LIIF have provided grants to family-based child care learning homes to help them maintain operations while continuing to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on their child care businesses.
Twenty family daycares received grants ranging from $ 7,000 to $18,500 to cover operating costs such as payroll, rent, utilities and insurance. Grant recipients can also use the funding to purchase program equipment, furniture, or supplies needed to meet operational requirements during COVID-19 and beyond. All eligible child care programs that submitted a full application and met the criteria received a grant.
“The launch of this fund has enabled PAACT to support the small network of family day care centers in the city of Atlanta, so that they have the financial resources to overcome the crisis and continue to provide quality care to families with young people. children, ”said Brittany Collins, director of PAACT.
“Family Day Care Learning Homes are a critical part of Georgia’s child care system, and these investments help ensure that Atlanta families can continue to rely on them to provide high quality, equitable care. and suitable for their children, ”said Mindy. Binderman, Executive Director of GEEARS.
“Home child care providers across Georgia are struggling to recover from lost income due to COVID -19. The assistance that PAACT and LIIF provide to suppliers in Atlanta is critically important, ”said Joe Perreault, President of Public Policy, Georgia Professional Family Child Care Alliance (PFCCAG). “
The grant program is funded by a national grant of Well Fargo Foundation and administered by LIIF.
“These grants will provide crucial financial support to home child care programs that struggle to provide quality child care amid the pandemic,” said Angie Garling, vice president of early childhood care and care programs. education at LIIF. “The early childhood care and education sector, comprised primarily of women of color, has been hit hard by the pandemic and the recession. These small businesses need financial support to survive and for the local economy to recover.
Family daycare operator Jane Benson said, “This grant opportunity has not only kept me open, but also kept my rates affordable and hired a new staff member to support the program. I am delighted to have the additional support of the program, but also to be able to offer a job opportunity to a member of my community. In addition, I am also now able to offer a scholarship to an existing client, a single mother who could no longer afford child care. I would like to express my gratitude for being selected as the recipient of this grant.
PAACT and LIIF are proud to support family child care providers who care for more than 180 children 0-5 years old in the city of Atlanta.
LIIF administered the funding, reviewed the applications and deployed the grants. Grant funding was only available to licensed family day care learning homes located in the city of Atlanta, caring for children ages newborn to five years old. All the beneficiaries were:
- Located in the city of Atlanta
- Licensed by August 9, 2021 and have no significant license violations
Higher levels of funding have been provided to programs that:
- Mainly serving low-income families and those who need it most
- Are assessed on quality or in progress (receive TA or await assessment)
- Accept CAPS grants
- Participate in the PAACT Fund for the Quality Facility Improvement Program
- Operate within the APS clusters of Washington and Douglass or other areas with a high population of children under 5 in poverty and a known shortage of high quality child care (pre-crisis) – (See ATL access map for more information.
Convened by GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, PAACT: Promise All Atlanta Children Thrive is a city-wide alliance of public and private partners who collaborate to improve learning, health and child outcomes. well-being of Atlanta’s youngest children and their families.
LIIF is a national non-profit community development finance institution (CDFI) whose mission is to mobilize capital and partners to create opportunity, equity and well-being for people and communities. In combination with capital, LIIF provides specialist business support and development, including training and technical assistance on the design, development, financing and operation of facilities. The LIIF childcare team also supports the efforts of local communities to identify and organize resources to increase the supply of quality local childcare options.