Up to $5,000 in Dedicated Childcare Grants Available to Eligible Providers until February 17, 2023
Hagåtña, Guam – The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration, in coordination with the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) and the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), announced today the launch of a Childcare Provider Retention Grant program. As part of Prugråman i Pinilan i Famagu’on Guåhan (Prugråman Pinilan), this retention grant will help to provide stability and support for the childcare industry while fostering the healthy development, safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency of Guam’s children. Since April 2022, Prugråman Pinilan has made comprehensive and historic investments in the childcare industry by empowering more Guam families with resources and financial support.
“Our administration has targeted childcare facilities and funded programs through employers, non-profit organizations, after school care programs, relative care, village and community care, training programs, and more,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “However, Guam’s regulated child care employers continue to experience unprecedented staffing challenges. This retention program directs dedicated childcare funding towards caregivers, directors, and staff in the childcare industry to remain open and support ongoing employment in this critical workforce.”
“As we continue to support parents and caregivers returning to more in-person work, we’re also addressing exceptionally high staff vacancies and turnover rates in the industry,” said Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio. “This retention program is a non-competitive grant targeting dedicated and consistent caregivers in certified facilities. Every eligible childcare employee that submits a complete application will receive a grant award. Our comprehensive approach, through Prugråman Pinilan, stabilizes and strengthens the childcare industry while investing in our future and uplifting all Guam’s families.”
Eligible childcare workers must operate or work for an active licensed child care facility, in accordance with Guam Public Law 31-73: the Rules and Regulations for Child Care Facilities. The licensed facility must also be a registered Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provider on a continuous basis – that is currently open, serving children and located in Guam.
The employee(s) of a CCDF Child Care Facility who works in an eligible position on a continuous basis, whether full-time or part-time, and meets the program criteria above may apply for a lump sum workforce retention grant.
Eligible Positions include Caregiver, Director, Assistant Director, Teacher, Teacher’s Aide, Assistant, Associate, Aide / Floater, Kitchen Staff / Helper, and Facility Runner.
After school programs at non-profit organizations, businesses, public or private schools, at-home child care providers; and village sponsored after school programs are not eligible to receive funding under this program.
The single grant award amount will be determined by the continuous date and years of service of the employee as follows:
|Dates of Service||Grant Award|
|March 1, 2020 – current||$5,000; OR|
|March 1, 2021 – current||$2,500; OR|
|March 1, 2022 – current||$1,000|
Completed applications or questions regarding the program, can be sent via email to email@example.com beginning January 18, 2023. The grant deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2023 and is subject to the availability of funds. This retention grant program is funded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) in response to the urgent need to stabilize the child care sector.
For conditions, requirements, application process, and more information about this program, visit investguam.com or contact GEDA at 671-647-4332.