New grants announced for child care program construction and renovation 

Last updated October 25, 2023
Beginning in November, licensed child care programs in Connecticut will be able to apply for funding to improve their facilities or programs. The Office of Early Childhood’s new initiative — the Early Childhood Facilities Construction and Renovation Grant Program — has $13 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). 

The funding will be open to all licensed child care providers — child care centers, group child care homes, and family child care homes. They can use the funding for:

  • Construction
  • Renovation
  • Quality improvement projects

Addressing the child care shortage in Connecticut 

The purpose of the grants is to increase the availability of high-quality child care in Connecticut.

Connecticut has an estimated shortage of up to 13,000 spots for infants and toddlers. Many communities across the state have been designated a “child care desert.”

This grant program takes into consideration equity, high-need child care deserts, and fair distribution across regions of the state.

Learn how to apply 

OEC has partnered with Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), which will manage the application process and funding.  

For more information about applying for the grants, visit LISC’s grant website.