Accomack Launches Child Care Startup and Expansion Grant Program

Accomack County has announced a new child care start-up and expansion grant program to help solve problems with finding reliable child care in the county.

The county’s website message read, “Most of Accomack County is classified as a child care wilderness, which means there are not enough child care providers in the area. to meet the demand for services. Many families lack access to affordable, quality child care, especially low to middle income families. The goal of the Accomack County Child Care Startup and Expansion Grant Program is to incentivize new or existing child care providers to increase child care capacity in children for classes, populations, households, or geographic areas in Accomack County negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Eligible applicants include individuals, non-profit organizations, religious organizations, for-profit businesses, and community organizations, including existing vendors located in the county. All applicants must:

  • Be currently licensed by the Virginia Department of Education (Virginia Code §22.1-289.011) or agree to obtain a license six months after the start of the proposed program, or
  • Be exempt from licensing requirements due to affiliation with a religious institution (but subject to the requirements of Virginia Code §22.1-289.031).

All applicants must agree to participate in the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) Child Care Subsidy Program or offer a tiered fee schedule that provides fee relief at an equivalent or greater level to the program. grants from the VDSS.

Applications must be submitted via email to [email protected] by 11:59 p.m. on March 18, 2022. Please note that the County Administrator’s office closes at 5:00 p.m., therefore staff will not be available to provide technical support after this period.

The funds come from a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act funding.

More information about the program can be found here.

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