A generous donation by an individual who wishes to remain anonymous will allow the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to provide 300-thousand dollars worth of grant funding to the Ozarks Early Childhood Support Grant Program. The grants, which can be up to 30-thousand dollars each, are available to childcare centers serving children age 6-weeks through Pre-K that meet certain requirements. Bridget Dierks, with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, says the lack of quality, affordable childcare is preventing some parents from going back to the workforce…..
Dierks says they wanted to focus on the issue of affordable childcare because the lack of it impacts poverty in our region……..
For more information on the grants that are available, go to the website CFO Ozarks dot org slash apply for grants. The deadline to apply for a grant is 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 30th. Proposals can focus on subsidizing childcare costs for families as parents secure jobs, covering the cost gap for families as they await approval of state subsidies, and increasing childcare staffing through additional staffing or raising wages to attract qualified workers for open positions.