Partner Up! Grant Program
Note: The awardee list was accurate at the time of creation & may not have all current information. For up-to-date information, check DCF's Project Growth website.
The Partner Up! grant program will provide $10 million in funding to support partnerships between businesses that purchase slots at existing regulated child care providers. The funding will be awarded based on existing community child care needs throughout Wisconsin. The funding from this program can be used to increase staff compensation, pay expenses, reserve child care slots for local business employees, improve the quality of a child care program, and more.
Why Get Involved?
When businesses partner with early childhood programs, everyone benefits. Businesses show that they care about the well-being of their employees and their families, ECE providers can cover their operating costs and pay their staff higher wages, and working parents gain access to high-quality, affordable child care. All this with support from Project Growth along the way!
Child Care Partnership Resource & Referral works with businesses & child care programs in Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix and Trempealeau Counties and the Ho-Chunk Nation.
Benefits for Your Business
Information for businesses & Cost Details
Stay competitive in a tight labor market by offering attractive benefits
Increase employee productivity
Employees who know that their children are in safe, reliable, and high-quality environments are more engaged
Employees are more reliable when they are available to come to work
Strengthen the local community and economy and feel good knowing your employees get a great benefit that strengthens their families and your business.
Start getting ready to apply for a Partner Up! grant. Download the Survey on Employee Needs for Child Care to gain better insight into the child care needs of your employees.
Benefits for Early Childhood Programs
Information for child care programs
Afford quality workers, training, materials, and facilities
Retain quality staff through offering higher pay
Stabilize enrollment numbers by having reserved business-subsidized spots
Make long-term connections with businesses and organizations that can help improve the quality and scope of your care
Benefits for Families
Information for families
Participating workers will receive child care a little-to-no cost!
Having reliable child care from a regulated program means you can focus at work knowing your children are safe and in a high-quality environment.
It's likely you can remain with your current child care program as long as their program is regulated and in good standing with WI DCF and they agree to Partner Up!
Application dates: February 28 - April 4, 2022 at 5 p.m. CST. Priority consideration will be given for submissions received by March 14, 2022.
Contact CCP staff for more information:
Business Child Care Specialist
Partner Up! is a new grant program from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families’ Project Growth, Supporting Families Together Association, and Wisconsin’s nine CCR&Rs.