Because the lack of available licensed childcare poses a threat to workforce and economic development, the Wyoming Business Council is offering funds through Community Development Block Grants in the form of “reasonably priced loans” to providers in Wyoming.
Julie Kozlowski is with the Wyoming Business Council's Community Development Block Grant Program.
The purpose of the program is to create jobs for low-to-moderate income residents, expand child care capacity for providers and increase the number of providers, the release says.
Home-based providers can apply for $1,000 to $35,000 while center-based can apply for $1,000 to $50,000. The release says "funds may also be used to upgrade or improve kitchens, air conditioning and heating systems, natural lighting, roofs, plumbing including additional toilets and sinks, electrical upgrades, installation or renovation of egress windows, playground equipment, security systems, smoke alarms and fire alarms, accommodations to serve children with special needs or to comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), interior reconstruction to expand capacity, and other improvements that increase capacity or are made in an effort to comply with licensing standards."