GCDC grant award supports childcare efforts in Green County

Green County Development Corporation (GCDC) is proud to announce a $70,000 grant award for childcare education and capital improvement from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC),

The grant will support approximately 100 childcare workers and 25 childcare centers in Green County by providing incentives to join the field, enhance credentialing, and make improvements to their facilities.

“Empowering childcare providers through grants not only nurtures early childhood development but also fuels economic growth. Investing in quality childcare is an investment in our future workforce and community prosperity. At GCDC, we are excited to channel these funds into our community, promoting sustained economic growth.” Olivia Otte, GCDC Executive Director.

Childcare businesses that achieve certification, or individuals per business that earn an associate or bachelor’s degree, are eligible for a $500 bonus per business through a scholarship fund.

A stipend will be available for childcare facilities that sign-up to be part of the state’s YoungStar program at a level two, or to increase their current rating.  The amount varies based on provider type and rating.  YoungStar is Wisconsin’s quality rating and improvement system for childcare, giving parents and caregivers tools and information to give their kids a great start, and for parents to find quality childcare that fits their needs.

 Funds are also available within this grant for childcare centers to make capital improvements aimed at enhancing ADA compliance. 2024 improvements to doorways, playgrounds, fire exits, and more are options for consideration.

 An application and review process is in place for distribution of funds. To receive an application to apply for funds, or for any questions, please contact GCDC at gcdc@greencountydevelopment.com or call 608-328-9452.