Do you know a child care program that could put $4,000 to good use?

ChildcareTennessee, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS), have renewed their partnership to provide Support and Enhancement Grants to child care programs for a second year.

Licensed child care agencies in good standing with TDHS and with a free membership may apply for up to $4,000 in grants to increase capacity, hire consultants and coaches, enhance equipment — including appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers — and purchase program materials, including supplies.

Child care agencies in one of the 11 economically distressed counties identified by the State of Tennessee may apply for up to $5,000. These counties are Lake, Lauderdale, Hardeman, Perry, Wayne, Clay, Grundy, Bledsoe, Scott, Hancock, and Cocke.

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During the initial grant cycle, nearly $5 million was distributed from October 2019 to September 2020. Mustard Seed Preschool in Franklin, Tennessee was one of 1,289 child care programs across Tennessee that received a Support and Enhancement Grant.

“The process to apply for the grant was very easy and straightforward,” said director Holly Davis.

Child care agencies who received a grant during the initial cycle are eligible to reapply.

“Our team sees these grants making a significant and lasting difference in the lives of our children,” said Gina Tek, senior manager of ChildcareTennessee. “Along with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, we continue to feel honored to support the foundational work child care agencies are doing nurturing and educating our children.”

The ChildcareTennessee/TDHS partnership also provides other services. An administrative website,, makes available more than 2,000 resources to assist child care directors with administrative tasks, from human resources to staying compliant with federal and state regulations. These downloadable resources alleviate some of the administrative load so directors can focus on what matters most — more than 161,000 of Tennessee’s children.

By logging onto, child care directors can also browse multiple vendors offering discounts that provide cost savings in child care administration. Directors can then reallocate those savings to better support the children they serve.

Examples of potential savings include 20% on child care products and supplies, 10%-30% on food and food service supplies and 12%-45% on office supplies.

Support and Enhancement Grant applications are open and child care agencies can apply on Applications close on September 1, 2021.

Registering on is free. Child care directors can register now and set up an account to start utilizing services.

For more information and to learn about becoming a ChildcareTennessee vendor, visit

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About ChildcareTennessee

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


About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect the intentions and goals of their charitable endeavors. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit


About the Tennessee Department of Human Services

The Tennessee Department of Human Services is responsible for licensing and monitoring more than 2,300 child care agencies across the state. The primary purpose of licensing is to support child care agencies in providing environments that are safe, healthy, and educationally rich.

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