About Us

ChildcareTennessee.com, an initiative led by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Human Services, focuses on collaborative opportunities in our childcare centers’ administrative, programmatic and operational services. The partnership’s goal is to improve the quality, accessibility and sustainability of the services offered to the children and families we serve.

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Shared Services

ChildcareTennessee Shared Services seeks to partner child care agency owners and directors with local, regional and national vendors offering products and services to support high quality care and development of children of Tennessee. Shared Services focuses on finding meaningful cost savings for products and services regularly used by child care agencies.

Support and Enhancement Grants

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS), in partnership with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT), is accepting applications for grants to increase capacity, strengthen quality, and/or promote compliance with licensing standards that support improved child outcomes in early childhood education and enhance child care agency programs. Any child care agency licensed by TDHS may apply for a Child Care Support and Enhancement Grant in any amount up to $4,000.00.

Agencies located in economically distressed counties identified in Governor Lee’s Executive Order No. 1 may apply for a grant up to $5,000.00 (Bledsoe, Clay, Cocke, Fentress, Grundy, Hancock, Hardeman, Jackson, Lake, Lauderdale, McNairy, Morgan, Perry, Scott, or Van Buren).

Apply for Support and Enhancement Grant

How to Apply for a TDHS Support and Enhancement Grant

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This project is funded through a grant with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Contact Information

Gina Tek

Gina Tek

ChildcareTennessee Senior Manager

  • gtek@cfmt.org
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