City of Philadelphia: Child Care Facilities Fund

“The ECE facility grant is an amazing grant. Our yard was very unsafe for our students and no matter how much we tried to make it safe there were hazards that continued to arise. We were unable to afford to make the playground permanently safe. With the help of the facility find grant our children have a safe place to enjoy daily. We are forever grateful.”

Launched in 2014, the City of Philadelphia: Child Care Facilities Fund (CCFF) is operated by PHMC on behalf of the City of Philadelphia Office of Children and Families (OCF). This initiative provides grant funds for facility renovations and project-related technical assistance to high quality child care providers in Philadelphia seeking to improve the quality of their programs and facilities, improve their organizational business practices, and maintain licensure or certification status as defined by PA State Code and the Philadelphia City Code.

The Fund is made possible by the City of Philadelphia in alignment with the Citywide Early Learning Plan, 'A Running Start Philadelphia', and is being managed by Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) and the Office of Children and Families (OCF).

Supports include:

  • $25,000 grant for Commercial Center and Group Facilities
  • $12,500 grant for Residential Family and Group Facilities
  • Project-related technical assistance

Impact

  • Over $3 million awarded to 162 child care facilities
  • Over 15,000 child care seats preserved

Eligibility

Applicants must fall into one of the following categories to be eligible to receive an award through the Fund:

  • STAR 3 and 4 Commercial Center and Group Facilities
  • STAR 3 and 4 Residential Family and Group Facilities

Possible Consideration will be given to:

  • Star 2 Commercial and Residential Center, Group and Family Child Care Facilities that meet the following criteria:
    • will be moving to a STAR 3 in 12 months or less
    • currently receiving TA through the ELRC or participation in a quality improvement initiative such as EQUIP
    • have at least 65% of enrolled children that receive a subsidy

Application

Applications for the FY22 grant cycle will be posted November 15, 2021.  

Important Dates

Application Release:  November 15, 2021

Information Webinar:  Recorded November 17, 2021. CLICK HERE to view the recording.

Application Support/TA Sessions: November 22, November 23, November 24, December 1, December 2, December 3. Email ecefacilityfund@phmc.org to sign up for an available time slot. TA sessions are MANDATORY for STAR 2 applicants.

Application submission deadline:  January 7, 2022, at 5 pm EST

 

Resources

PHMC seeks qualified vendors to be added to a rolling Approved Vendors List for the City of Philadelphia: Child Care Facilities Fund. Please review the Request for Qualifications to learn more and submit a response. Typically, vendors will consist of general contractors, tradesmen, and suppliers.

 

For more information

Email us at ecefacilityfund@phmc.org.