|Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development News Release|
|Wednesday, August 31, 2005
|News Media Contact
All local government jurisdictions and American Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants totaling almost $2.5 million
Madison - Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman announced today that DWD is soliciting proposals from local government jurisdictions and American Indian tribes for $2,478,500 in Community Child Care Initiatives Grants. The grants are being made available to improve the quality, supply and accessibility of child care throughout Wisconsin. The purpose of the grants is to increase the quality of child care throughout the state, to encourage early care and education programs, and to strengthen families at risk to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Said Gassman, “Wisconsin ranks above other states for our commitment to child care quality and accessibility. We want to continue that strong tradition and provide the best opportunities possible for Wisconsin’s children, getting them off on the right foot with a good, solid start to life. This funding will do that by promoting quality child care services statewide. Quality child care programs will pay dividends to our state for generations to come.”
Funding for this program was restored by Governor Doyle’s veto of the Joint Committee on Finance’s action which had eliminated this program.
Any local government jurisdiction or American Indian tribe, which identifies matching expenditures, is eligible to apply. Jurisdictions may apply singly, cooperatively or collaboratively. Jurisdiction includes local government entities such as counties, tribes, municipalities, public school districts, and Wisconsin Technical College districts.
Grant funds may be used for a variety of activities with the goal of improving child care quality, such as:
Grant applications are due September 23, and grant awards will be announced in mid October. Grant guidelines can be found at: http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/dws/programs/childcare/grants/default.htm and DWD’s home page at http://dwd.wisconsin.gov
Content Contact: Rose Lynch