DCDEE announced in a webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 13, that the “Compensation Grants” that are part of ongoing “Stabilization Grants” will be extended for an additional three quarters beyond their expected end date. This means that instead of ALL “Stabilization Grants” funding coming to an end with what was supposed to be the last grant payments in January 2023 (for January-March), ONLY the “Fixed Costs & Families Grants” will end with that January payment. The “Compensation Grants” – which can be used for “Bonuses” (Option 1) or “Base Pay/Benefits” (Option 2) – will continue quarterly through December of 2023.
Additionally, because the federal funding source for the extended grants is different from the funding source for the grants, to date, providers will have until Sept. 30, 2024 to spend the extended “Compensation Grants” instead of September 30, 2023, which is the deadline for spending the grant funding received so far. Please note that the next two regularly scheduled grant payments coming in October and January also must be spent by September 30 of 2023.
DCDEE also reminded providers of the following during the webinar:
Today’s webinar was the first of three that DCDEE announced last week for licensed child care providers to hear what officials called “an important briefing” on child care “Stabilization Grants.” The other two webinars are listed below. DCDEE said they plan to add a Saturday webinar for providers who cannot find time to attend on a week day, but did not have that date/time available yet.
NCLCCA strongly encourages providers to still attend one of the available webinars because even though you have heard the big news here (because NCLCCA attended the first webinar for our members and advocates), the webinars provide an opportunity to ask questions of DCDEE officials through the “Q&A” or “Chat” tools on the webinar platform, Webex.
If you don’t already have Webex on your computer or phone, which you will need to participate in DCDEE webinars, you can find a free download online HERE.
Join the webinar of your choice – when it’s time – by clicking on the “Join Webinar” link on the DCDEE website HERE.
Remember! – The “Fixed Costs & Families Grants” will still end after the January 2023 quarterly grant payment (for the months of January, February and March 2023). It is ONLY the “Compensation Grants” that will be extended for three quarters through December 2023. Providers may still choose either the “Bonuses” option (Option 1) or the “Base Pay/Benefits” option (Option 2) for the extended “Compensation Grants.”