Grants administered by the Office of Child Care

The following is a list of grants that are offered through the Office of Child Care.

Grants are available throughout the year and have definitive opening and closing dates.

To see what grants are currently available, click here.

Baby Steps Program:

The Baby Steps to Quality Infant/Toddler Care Program launched in July 2003 and continues to this date. The goals of the program are to increase the overall quality of center-based infant/toddler child care and to increase the availability of quality infant/toddler care.  This project provides centers with funds for materials and equipment, staff training and a stipend to assist with other staff costs.  Participating centers must meet increasingly higher quality standards as measured by the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale – Revised (ITERS-R).   Baby Steps is available to any center based program for a maximum of two years.

Family Child Care Provider Start Up Grants:

Your local Child Care Resource & Referral administers a 'start-up' cost reimbursement program for Family Child Care Providers. Please contact your local CCR&R for more information.

Life Skills (High School Grant):

Life Skills Grants, funded through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), were created to take an overall youth development approach to out-of-wedlock pregnancy prevention.  The grant funds are focused on programs that serve High School age youth.  Each of these programs focuses on a minimum of two prevention components:  healthy body/lifestyles, financial literacy, healthy human relationships, career exploration, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, and pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention. Grantees are also required adhere to specific quality expectations as indicated on The Utah Afterschool Program Quality Assessment and Improvement Tool (http://utahafterschool.org/quality).

Next Steps:

Programs are eligible for the Next Steps Grant if they successfully complete two years in the Baby Steps Program. This is a competitive grant that is offered every two years. Participating centers must meet a score of four in each classroom as measured by the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale – Revised (ITERS-R).

Quality EnvironmentGrants:

Quality Environment grants are offered to licensed and some license-exempt child care providers.  These grants vary in their focus and in the dollar amount from year to year.  When grants are available, all eligible providers are notified by mail.

Safe Passages, Safe Passages II, and Safe Passages III Grants (Jr. High, Middle, and High School Grants):

Safe Passages and Safe Passages II Grants, funded through TANF, were created to take an overall youth development approach to out-of-wedlock pregnancy prevention.  The grants are focused on programs serving Junior High and Middle School age youth.  Each of these programs focuses on a minimum of two prevention components:  healthy body/lifestyles, financial literacy, healthy human relationships, career exploration, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, and pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention.

Youth Connection Grants:

Youth Connection grants support afterschool programs serving K-6 grade youth in public and private schools, private child care settings, non-profit, as well as City and County programs throughout Utah.  These grants are funded through Child Care Development Funds (CCDF) and TANF.  The programs supported by DWS funding are required to incorporate parental involvement, support academic achievement, adhere to specific quality expectations as indicated on The Utah Afterschool Program Quality Assessment and Improvement Tool (http://www.utahafterschool.org/quality), and focus on at least two prevention components.  The prevention components are:  healthy body/lifestyles, financial literacy, healthy human relationships, career exploration, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, and pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention.

Not Offered:

Special Needs Grant