All applicants will be notified of status by email.
The 2023 Child Care Provider Grant Program assists Fairfax County child care providers experiencing negative economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity has been developed using funding received from the County’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (Fiscal Recovery Funds) allocation. In response to the ongoing negative economic impacts on county child care providers, the 2023 Child Care Provider Grant Program seeks to bolster, support, and preserve existing providers and services within the county.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s (Treasury) Final Rule gives the county broad flexibility to identify a “class” (e.g., a group of households, small businesses, or nonprofit organizations), demonstrate a public health or negative economic impact to the class, and provide assistance to beneficiaries within that class. 87 Fed. Reg. 4349 (Jan. 27, 2022). In such cases, the county first identifies the class and documents the impact that it faced.
Data at the national, regional and local levels combined with the county’s experience and testimonies from local child care providers, points to the ongoing negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on child care providers in Fairfax County. This includes a decrease in enrollment resulting in reduced revenue, increased expenses and community need, and persistent staffing shortages. As such, the county has determined that county child care providers as a whole have been negatively impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As defined by the county, a “child care provider:”
- Has a principal place of business located in Fairfax County. Fairfax County includes the Towns of Herndon, Vienna, and Clifton. The City of Falls Church and City of Fairfax are separate jurisdictions from Fairfax County and are excluded.
- Provides non-residential child care services in either a center-based or home setting for compensation.
- Is licensed by the state (either a current state license or a state license-exempt) or current permit by the county; and
- Is a “small business” as defined by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (see 31 C.F.R. § 35.3) that has a current, valid County Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) or a “nonprofit” as defined by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (see 31 C.F.R. § 35.3)