LVCI Releases New Grant Program to Increase Child Care Capacity in Valley County
The Loup Valley Childhood Initiative (LVCI) recently announced a new grant program for prospective and current child care providers in Valley County. The purpose of the new Child Care Business & Workforce Grant is to support projects that contribute to the capacity needs in our community (creating more available spots with licensed child care providers) but may also support projects that help create or maintain quality child care programs and environments.
Grant funds can be used to support facility improvements, safety features, furniture, equipment, educational supplies and workforce development expenses associated with a child care business.
Funds to support this grant program are provided through federal dollars received from the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (NCFF). Grant applications are reviewed as they are received by the LVCI Core Team at their monthly meetings. Grant funds are awards on a first-come, first-served basis.
LVCI was established in April 2020 after being selected by the NCFF to participate in their Communities for Kids (C4K) program, a state-wide initiative which supports young children, families and those providing their care. With support and technical assistance from NCFF over the past two years, LVCI has granted over $17,750 to six Valley County child care providers to support the quality and capacity of their child care businesses and has invested over $8,100 in child care provider trainings, education and outreach efforts.