Effingham, IL-(Effingham Radio)- Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, the Effingham County Board approved the Effingham County Childcare Research Committee’s request to allocate $35,535 of the $400,000 Childcare earmark to initiate the Childcare Research Committee’s Increase Capacity Program for licensed childcare providers.
The purpose of the Increase Capacity Program is to rebuild and increase childcare capacity through strategic business planning.
Interested existing and prospective childcare providers will attend a 12-hr business planning and continuous improvement workshop hosted by Project CHILD.
Six licensed childcare centers (five existing and one in the planning stages) and three in-home providers (one existing and two in the planning stage) have registered for the program.
Upon completion of the workshop, providers are eligible for a reimbursable, 50% matching grant to assist in initiating the business plan. Licensed childcare centers are eligible for up to $5,000 while licensed in-home providers are eligible for up to $1,500.
“We’re excited to see that this program is encouraging entrepreneurship and small business growth in Effingham County. By supporting our existing and new childcare providers – the Effingham County Board is laying the foundation for a stronger ‘workforce behind the workforce.’” Effingham County Regional Growth Alliance, President & CEO, Courtney Yockey explained. “The estimated addition of new licensed childcare spots made available by the prospecting providers enrolled in this course could increase the number of licensed childcare slots by as much as 31.5% in Effingham County.”
Registration for the October workshop is currently closed, please contact Johnna Schultz at [email protected] if you are interested in participating in a childcare business planning and continuous improvement workshop in January of 2023.