C4K (Communities for Kids)

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DHHS CCDBG Childcare Grants

Child Care Grants are funded from the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). These funds are specifically designated to improve the quality of child care, provide quality programs for subsidy-eligible children and to increase the availability of early childhood development programs, as well as before- and after-school programs. These grants include:

  • Child Care Start-Up and Expansion Grant ($5,000 - $10,000)
  • Emergency Mini Grant ($1,000 - $2,000)
  • Quality Improvement Grant ($500)

DHHS Business & Child Care Partnership Grants

January 3, 2023 - The DHHS Division of Children and Family Services (CFS) will invest over $26 million into child care programs to improve access to quality child care services throughout the state through this grant program. Funded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) and the American Rescue Plan Act, this program will work with child care providers and businesses to help aid opportunities for growth, as well as opportunities for those interested in starting a licensed child care program in Nebraska. Grant applications open on January 17, 2023.

Provider Resources & Trainings

Pyramid Model Training

Nebraska Children & Families Foundation has coordinated locally with Public Health Solutions to support early childhood providers as they learn and use the Pyramid Model in their programs. The Pyramid Model is an evidence-based framework for improving children's social-emotional development and reducing challenging behavior. Fifteen early childhood providers in Jefferson, Gage, and/or Saline counties will have the opportunity to participate, receiving professional development in the form of training and coaching, as well as financial support through stipends and grants. Click here for more information and to register!

Pie for Providers

Pie for Providers is a nonprofit company that helps child care providers & center administrators more easily bill for the child care subsidy program. Their simple, easy, and free online tool saves hours on paperwork and boosts income by 4% on average. 

Step Up to Quality

High-quality early childhood programs can have a lifelong, positive impact on young children and their families. Step Up to Quality helps early child care providers and educators recognize and improve quality.

Parent Resources

Nebraska Child Care Referral Network

Find child care providers and availability in your community through this network, as well as other resources for parents of young children.