August 21, 2020

COVID-19: CDA Joins Coalition to Launch San Diego Childcare Provider Grant Program

San Diego Leaders Announce $25 Million in CARES Act Funding to Support Childcare Providers

August 20, 2020 – Bonita, CA – Child Development Associates (CDA) has joined a coalition of regional partners, including the County of San Diego, The San Diego Foundation, and YMCA of San Diego County, to launch the San Diego County Childcare Provider Grant Program, an initiative that will distribute $25 million in CARES Act funding to childcare providers impacted by COVID-19.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to distribute $25 million of CARES Act funding to eligible childcare providers in San Diego County. The County has partnered with The San Diego Foundation, Child Development Associates, and YMCA of San Diego County to manage the application, verification, and grantmaking process.

Starting August 24, eligible providers will be able to apply for funding online or in print in eight different languages – English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, Somali, Haitian Creole, and Arabic – by visiting Funding will support staffing, supplies, mortgage and rental assistance, business resilience, and capital improvements for outdoor areas.

“The childcare sector is very important as our economy cannot be sustainable if parents do not have safe places for their children to be cared for, and educated while they are working,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Co-chair of the County’s COVID-19 Subcommittee. “This new $25 million grant program will help childcare providers make their centers safe during the coronavirus pandemic and allow them to remain open so parents can return to work.”

“COVID-19 continues to impact every San Diegan and magnifies the inequities that exist in our region,” shared Mark Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “While the impacts of this crisis are vast, this $25 million Childcare Provider Grant Program will go a long way toward ensuring that our families and children remain safe and healthy amid the pandemic.”

“This grant funding comes at the right time as San Diego moves off the watch list and more San Diegans are getting back to work,” said Rick Richardson, President & CEO of CDA. “As families return to work, businesses and their employees need child care more than ever.”

Funding will be allocated based on pre-determined categories outlined in the CARES Act agreement. Large family childcare providers (licensed to care for a maximum of 14 children) will be eligible to receive up to $3,500 and small family childcare providers (licensed to care for a maximum of 8 children) will be eligible for up to $2,750. Non-government contracted, licensed providers will be eligible to receive up to $175 per child capacity, based on childcare license.

Partially-funded Government contracted (i.e. CSPP, CCTR, Head Start), licensed childcare centers will be eligible to receive up to $175 per non-subsidized child, not to exceed license capacity. Non-government contracted, license-exempt group care providers, such as summer day camps, recreational programs that are camps and community youth clubs such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, that serve school-age children up to 12 years old will be eligible to receive up to $100 per child capacity.

To learn more about the San Diego County Childcare Provider Grant Program, please visit


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