Funding Opportunities Available to Child Care Programs

The following funding opportunities are being made available to child care providers affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To learn more about each option, scroll down and find the corresponding heading for a more detailed description.

  • Stabilization Grants
  • CCA Absent Day Billing
  • Investing in Iowa’s Child Care (IICC) Funding Program
  • Statewide WAGE$ Contract
     

Stabilization Grants

Iowa was allocated $200 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to provide stabilization subgrants to current licensed child care centers and registered child development home providers. The Department of Human Services has contracted with a partner agency to help support a provider-friendly and efficient application process.


CCA Absent Day Billing

Beginning November 1, 2021, DHS will be using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to increase the number of monthly absent days for the Child Care Assistance (CCA) program from 4 to 6. This change will be effective through September 30, 2023.
 

Investing in Iowa’s Child Care (IICC) Funding Program

Please note: This program is no longer accepting new applications.
 
The IICC is a funding program intended to increase availability of child care throughout the State.  The program is administered by Child Care Resource and Referral with funds from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021.  Funding is available for programs that are licensed or registered by DHS or are seeking to be licensed or registered by DHS.  There are three types of funding available:
 
  • Start-up funding: funding for applicants that are in the process of becoming licensed or registered by DHS
  • Expansion funding: funding for child care facilities that are already licensed or registered but want to expand the number of children they are able to care for.
  • Urgent Regulatory funding: funding for child care facilities that are already licensed or registered and have an urgent need related to regulations.
The program will begin taking application on May 3, 2021, and funding is on a first-come, first-served basis. More information and application materials for the IICC program can be found on the Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral website at https://iowaccrr.org/.
 

Statewide WAGE$ Contract

Starting July 1, 2021, DHS is using funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 to contract with Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (IA AEYC) to provide WAGE$ stipends statewide. Previously the program was only available in a limited number of Iowa counties. WAGE$ stipends provide education-based salary supplements to the child care workforce to help combat low wages and supports retention of the child care workforce. For more information about eligibility and to apply to participate in the WAGE$ program please visit the IA AEYC website at http://www.iowaaeyc.org/wage.cfm.