2019 William & Lottie Daniel Fund Childcare Scholarship Guidelines
The 2017 Childcare Needs Assessment in Santa Barbara County determined that many families are not able to access quality childcare due to income eligibility, lack of available spaces, and indefinite lengths of time on waiting lists. The spaces available in a variety of early childhood programs are far from what is needed in our county. There are fewer than 18,000 early childcare and education spaces, but 35,000 children in need of them. Families eligible for publicly funded childcare are competing for half the number of spaces for children aged birth to 12.
Access to quality childcare remains a critical need in our community. The Santa Barbara Foundation believes that every individual deserves an equal opportunity to achieve their potential and for working families to thrive in Santa Barbara County. To make this possible many working families need access to affordable quality childcare. In Santa Barbara County, if a family has an annual median income of $61,782 and has an infant and a preschooler in center-based care, they may need to spend up to 35% of their income for childcare. With its adoption of the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, the Santa Barbara Foundation prioritized increasing affordable and accessible quality childcare in Santa Barbara County.
The William & Lottie Daniel Fund Childcare Scholarship (Daniel Fund) is now administered under the Foundation’s Childcare focus area for licensed nonprofit childcare facilities that align with both the donor’s intent, as well as other community initiatives for child development.
Quality childcare programs provide children with healthy and safe environments, caring relationships, social emotional stimulation, and age-appropriate activities that enrich learning. Childcare scholarships are intended for year-round childcare facilities that can demonstrate an alignment with their community’s Kindergarten Readiness Networks and/or other child development objectives and outcomes. Scholarships will be awarded to licensed nonprofit childcare centers serving children 0-5 years of age and school-age children (grades TK-6).
The Daniel Fund guidelines specify that families selected to receive funds must –
- be Santa Barbara County residents;
- be working parent(s)/guardian;
- contribute some portion of the tuition costs; and
- have a child enrolled in the program on a full-time basis.
For organizations serving children 0-5 years of age priority will be given to:
- include age-appropriate curriculum for kindergarten readiness;
- demonstrate quality improvement planning or participation in a quality improvement process, such as Santa Barbara County’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and/or NAEYC accreditation;
- demonstrate adoption of or progress toward the use of best practices for parent engagement, such as the Family Standard in accreditation and/or the Five Protective Factors Framework; and/or
- demonstrate use of or progress toward a standardized child development assessment or screening tool, such as Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) or the Kindergarten Student Entrance Profile.
For organizations serving school-age children (grades TK-6) priority will be given to:
- include specific elements/curriculum that build language arts literacy and math proficiency; and
- demonstrate quality improvement planning or participation in a quality improvement process, such as Child and Youth Development Program Accreditation or show alignment with student achievement goals set out by the local school district.
Funding Amounts and Duration
Funding amounts vary by age of child served. The grant period is up to one year from the award date. A final report is required and is due within 13 months of the grant award, preferably no later than 30 days following program completion.
- Organizations must be certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or use a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) tax status. Applications that do not contain a valid EIN (tax ID) number will not be considered. Organizations using a fiscal sponsor must review the Eligibility Criteria & FAQs for additional information and instructions.
- The foundation accepts applications from public entities such as schools, universities, and libraries through an affiliate or supporting 501(c)(3) organization. Please see the Eligibility Criteria & FAQs for additional qualifying information and instructions.
- The applicant must be fully licensed by the State of California to provide childcare for the age groups it is serving and be in full compliance with the applicable codes governing childcare facilities. For licensing questions, please speak with the Childcare Duty Officer at Community Care Licensing by calling (805) 562-0400.
- The applicant’s staff must be well qualified to work with the age groups served.
- The agency and program financial budgets must be commensurate with the costs associated with the care and supervision of children.
- The applicant must currently serve children from economically disadvantaged families through established childcare programs. Funds may be used to expand the number of slots of existing established programs. In order to accommodate centers that care for children in transition, such as infants in foster care or families experiencing homelessness, the scholarship may be transferred to other eligible families if there is a change in placement.
- The funds applied for may only be used to subsidize program fees/costs for current Santa Barbara County residents.
- Children receiving scholarships through this fund must have working parent(s)/guardian(s). Please note: for the purposes of the fund, the term “parents” includes both single and dual parents, and the authorized representatives of children not in the care of their natural or legal parents(s).
- The Foundation believes that every family should contribute to their child’s care. Often the amount depends on the sliding fee scale adopted by the applicant agency’s Board of Directors. The total cost per child must be reasonable and based on the sliding fee scale. The scholarship award will be based on the amount still needed to cover the costs of the program after the family’s contribution has been taken into account.
- Because the purpose of the fund is to help working parents, an applicant agency must be open at minimum during the traditional work hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Licensed childcare for school age children must be open when school is not in session during the work week. In addition, the childcare program must run year-round and not be closed more than two consecutive weeks during the year.
- If an applicant receives a childcare scholarship, all advertisements and other announcements about the program must state that scholarships are available and have been made possible through the William and Lottie Daniel Childcare Scholarship Fund and the Santa Barbara Foundation.
Online Application Process
The Santa Barbara Foundation utilizes an online application. Please follow the instructions below to access, complete and submit your application to the foundation.
- To apply, go to www.sbfoundation.org/apply. If you do not already have a log-in for this platform, please proceed to the next steps.
- On the Welcome to the Santa Barbara Foundation Grants Portal page, click on “Register” and complete the form to create an account for the Grants Portal. You will be asked to furnish an email address, create a password and state the name of your organization. We advise using a perpetual email address (such as firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) so that the organization’s profile is not exclusively linked to one individual’s email address.
- IMPORTANT – You will receive an email confirming that your account is active and you will then be able to complete and submit a grant application. Please take this timing into consideration when reviewing application deadlines as you must allow time for your account to be created prior to submitting an application before the deadline. (If you are establishing an account on Friday, the registration confirmation will occur on the following Monday.)
- Once your account has been confirmed, you may login and complete the grant application.
- Save your work often and log out at any time.
- To access the partially completed application again, you will need to log into the account you created to access the grant application.
|April 22, 2019
|June 15, 2020
||Final Report Deadline
For questions about the William and Lottie Daniel Fund Childcare Scholarships program, funding eligibility, technical assistance and support, please contact Rubayi Estes, Director, Evaluation and Learning, at (805) 880-9351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For technical assistance, please contact Deanna Vallejo, Community Engagement Associate, (805) 963-1873 or email@example.com.