Program Eligibility

For Rounds 1-3 applicants must:

  • be licensed by the Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing,
  • either be open and available to provide child care services, or closed due to public health, financial hardship, or other reasons relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • have incurred costs and/or can project costs between April 1, 2021 and December 30, 2021 necessary to provide child care.

License Exempt child care programs and programs that are fully funded through Head Start, ECAP, Part B 619, and/or Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships are not eligible for this funding.

Programs that receive partial funding through ECAP and/or Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships are eligible to apply and receive Stabilization Fund sub-grants. Direct communication will be sent to each program with the program’s eligible amount.

For Round 4, programs must:

  • be licensed by the Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing,
  • either be open and available to provide child care services, or closed due to public health, financial hardship, or other reasons relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • have incurred costs and/or can project costs between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022 necessary to provide child care,
  • have been awarded fundings during Rounds 1-3 and verified all funds received.

Newly licensed programs:

  • be newly licensed by the Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing after December 1, 2021;
  • either be open and available to provide child care services, or closed due to public health; financial hardship, or other reasons relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • have incurred costs and/or can project costs between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022 necessary to provide child care;
  • NOT received funding during the first four rounds of the Stabilization Fund.

Eligible Amounts

Stabilization Fund sub-grants are non-competitive. Funds are allocated for eligible programs; they are not awarded on a first come, first served basis. Programs are eligible to request up to the following total amounts across Rounds 1-3. Programs may request any or all of the total amount during Round 1, 2, 3, or a combination of rounds.

Small Family Child Care$37,500
Large Family Child Care$37,500
Small Center/School-Age Program  (capacity 60 or less)$112,500
Large Center/School-Age Program  (capacity more than 60)$150,000

Each site (physical location with a child care license number or provisional designation) is considered a separate program; each program requires a separate application.

All eligible programs that received a Stabilization Fund award during Rounds 1-3 will automatically receive a Round 4 payment once the Rounds 1-3 funds have been verified, unless programs opt out.

  • Small Family Child Care $7,000
  • Large Family Child Care $7,000
  • Small Center/School-Age Program (capacity 60 or less) $37,000
  • Large Center/School-Age Program (capacity more than 60) $49,000

Newly licensed programs are eligible to apply to receive up to the following amounts:

  • Small Family Child Care $17,000
  • Large Family Child Care $17,000
  • Small Center/School-Age Program (capacity 60 or less) $59,000
  • Large Center/School-Age Program (capacity more than 60) $79,000

Eligible Expenses

  • Workforce support: personnel costs, benefits, premium pay, recruitment and retention (recommended)
  • Rent or mortgage payments, utilities, facilities maintenance and improvements, or insurance
  • PPE, cleaning and sanitation supplies and services, or training/PD relation to health and safety
  • Purchases of or updates to equipment and supplies to respond to COVID-19
  • Goods and services necessary to maintain or resume childcare services
  • Mental health supports for children and employees
  • It is the program’s responsibility to ensure that all purchases made follow the regulations set forth by the Office of Child Care Licensing.

Additional Information

Round 4 payments are being processed in batches based on when your Round 1-3 payment was made and verified. You will receive an email with your award letter prior to your Round 4 payment being made.

Documentation is required for all expenditures.

  • For services already incurred, documentation may include receipts or invoices.
  • For projected expenses, documentation may include quotes for projected expenses or a payment history that supports recurring expenses. Follow-up documentation will be required to verify expenses once they have occurred. If a provider is not able to verify an expense, they will be required to reimburse the State.
  • Round 4 funds will be automatically paid and it is the program’s responsibility to submit documentation of how those funds were spent on eligible expenses during January 2022 – June 2022 within six months of receiving payment.
  • A Stabilization TA will reach out to you to request documentation of eligible expenses. Documentation of eligible expenses can be submitted at any time to stabilizationfund@udel.edu.

As part of accepting Stabilization Fund grants, programs are agreeing to:

  • Implement health and safety policies in line with guidance and orders from the State, and, to the greatest extent possible, implement policies in line with CDC guidance.
  • Pay not less than full compensation, including benefits, for each employee, and will not take action that reduces weekly compensation.
  • Provide relief from copayments and tuition payments for the families enrolled in the provider’s program, to the extent possible, and prioritize such relief for families struggling to make either type of payment.

Payments will be distributed through the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. Applicants are required to be active in the state procurement payment system in order to receive payment (if your program received Enhanced Reimbursement and your business and tax ID are the same, you likely have an active account in the state procurement payment system).