The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is announcing the continuation of a grant program that’s already helped strengthen early childhood education in more than 1,200 licensed childcare providers across the state.
The department launched the first round of the Support and Enhancement Grant program with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in October 2019. This second round will once again offer providers the option of applying for up to $4,000 in grants ($5,000 in distressed counties) to: Increase capacity at their licensed location, Hire consultants and coaches, and Enhance and add equipment including appliances and supplies.
Interested childcare providers are encouraged to sign up for a free Childcare Tennessee membership and apply online by Sep. 1, 2021. Providers who received a grant during the initial cycle are eligible to reapply.
The Department’s partnership with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is also providing childcare agencies with other services including free online tools to help with business management and human resources along with access to bulk purchasing of supplies at discounted prices. Some examples of potential savings now available on the Childcare Tennessee website include a 20% discount on childcare supplies, up to 30% off food and food service supplies, and up to 45% off office supplies.