Grants to Support
The Children’s Cabinet is requesting proposals from eligible programs to address the current need for alternative care and education for families adversely impacted by remote learning situations. These funds are designed to ensure that school-age children are in safe, secure settings, and that they receive quality supervision and learning supports when schools are in hybrid or remote learning modes.
Who is eligible to apply for funding?
- KDHE-licensed early care and youth programs/facilities serving school-age children.
- Local programs with demonstrated experience and success developing and delivering quality, safe, out-of-home care and education services/programs for school-age children, such as schools, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Parks and Recreation, 21st CCLCs, and faith-based organizations.
- Other community programs may be considered that demonstrate the capacity and ability to establish or expand programs for school-age children.
These grants of emergency support for remote learning are possible through the Kansas Office of Recovery from the Coronavirus Relief Fund.
The Children’s Cabinet and the Kansas Enrichment Network will engage closely with grantees as they implement approaches, both to understand what is working and to identify and work through challenges. The Kansas Enrichment Network will offer targeted technical assistance to grantees.
The health and safety of children are top priority.
Why Remote Learning Support?
Options for Families
To re-enter or continue to participate in the workforce, parents rely on other trusted adults to help care for and teach their children.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents a cascading set of challenges for working parents of school-age children and their employers. Parents are in a tenuous position as they face choices about either providing financially for their family or ensuring unanticipated needs of their school-age children are met. In some cases, parents are juggling both roles, leading to additional challenges for the family.
Resources for Care Providers
Providers need extra support to continue providing safe spaces for Kansas children to learn and develop.
For care and education providers, the added requirements of public health safety measures result in both monetary costs and operational challenges. Recruiting and retaining staff demands more time and attention as well. And to quickly expand programs to accommodate school-age children and best serve the needs of families and employers in their communities, takes resources and requires technical assistance from knowledgeable sources.