We have made a total of 93 grants to CDHs throughout D.C., totaling $465,000. These grants have gone to cover the costs of various amenities and facility repairs, including materials for learning, classroom books, uniforms for children, printers and computers to support business needs, bilingual materials, sheds and storage for outdoor equipment, security improvements such as cameras and fencing, coffee makers, microwaves, and massage chairs to support staff comfort and health. Not only did the flexibility of the grant impact providers, but its non-competitiveness fostered and strengthened the community of CDHs in D.C.
“I have witnessed these dedicated childcare providers as incredibly nurturing and supportive, fostering profound connections not only with the children and families they serve but also with each other, forming a robust network of mutual support,” Sharon Neilson, a Program Manager with Reinvestment Fund, stated. To create a grant that is both flexible and noncompetitive required a willing and innovative funder: in this case, the Bainum Family Foundation.
“The Bainum Family Foundation embodies the understanding of what is needed in childcare for our future leaders to succeed. The foundation has forever placed a footprint in my facility and heart,” Angelique Speight-Marshall, the owner of Ms. P’s Unique Daycare Services CDH and an ELSG grantee, said.
CDHs often operate on small budgets with tight margins, leading them to make challenging decisions in purchasing and expenses where some needs go unmet. Through this flexible approach, providers can make necessary investments in their businesses in a way that is both rewarding and adapted to their needs. The diversity of grant use from the 93 CDHs shows that provider needs are vast, and entrusting providers to determine how they use the funding results in better-equipped childcare homes for our youngest citizens and their caretakers.
Learn more about the grant program and upcoming opportunities here.