In partnership with TDHS, ChildcareTennessee administers a variety of grants to support TDHS-licensed child care programs and early childhood education in Tennessee.


Support and Enhancement Grant

Support and Enhancement Grants allow any child care provider licensed with TDHS to apply for up to $4,000 to enhance equipment, programs, including supplies, and consultants and coaches.

Programs participating in the Child Care Certificate Program (CCCP) are eligible to apply for an additional $1,000.

Child care agencies in economically distressed counties identified in by the Governor’s office may apply for an additional $1,000. These counties are Lake, Lauderdale, Perry, Clay, Grundy, Bledsoe, Scott, Hancock, and Cocke.

Establishment Grant

New child care programs in good standing within the pre-licensing program with TDHS may apply for an Establishment Grant in any amount up to $1,000 per licensed slot, up to maximum of $100,000.

These applications are invitation-only after providers have completed all of the required steps with pre-licensing.


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

Contact Information

Cassandra Brown

Cassandra Brown

ChildcareTennessee Senior Grant Manager

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