12 Oct Childcare Task Force Secures Over $600,000 for Local Child Care
The McPherson County Community Foundation (MCCF) has received a grant to create community solutions for the child care capacity shortage in Kansas.
More than $43 million in grant funding from the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund’s Child Care Capacity Accelerator has been awarded to 52 organizations and partnerships across the state. As one of the grantees, MCCF has received $639,108 to provide operational support for applying organizations in McPherson County. The three organizations receiving funding are Cradle to Crayons in Moundridge, Christ Kids in Galva and the Lindsborg Child Care Center.
“This grant opportunity is a huge step forward in our commitment to supporting childcare in our communities.” Becky Goss, President and CEO of MCCF said, “Child care is essential the success of McPherson County and, as we’ve seen working directly with providers, incredibly underfunded. These grant dollars are going to help three of our local organizations with their staffing and operational expenses.”
Grantees under the Child Care Capacity Accelerator (Accelerator) will pursue a broad range of projects to address the challenges related to child care availability under two distinct grant initiatives. Community Grant recipients will use funding to create additional licensed childcare seats, which may include new construction and improvements for additions to existing structures as well as expanding staffing, training, furniture, and equipment. Organizations selected for the Innovative Communities Grant will be engaged as a group to identify and scale effective and transformative strategies statewide. Accelerator projects are expected to create 4,211 new childcare seats across Kansas.
More information, including a full list of awardees, is available at allinforkansaskids.org/accelerator.