What is the stipend amount?
Provider/caregiver leaders will receive $1,000 monthly stipends for up to 12 months, plus funding for additional expenses related to network activities and engagement (e.g., technology, meeting expenses, transportation).
What can the funds be used for?
These funds are intended to support you as you grow and empower your network of providers or caregivers to make positive change for FFN child care. The $1,000 monthly stipend is compensation for you, the provider/caregiver network leader.
Additional funding is available to support network activities, which may include but are not limited to:
- Engagement barriers (transportation, virtual meeting platforms)
- Costs associated with in-person gatherings when safe to do so (e.g., space rental, food)
- Mailings and postage
Early Edge will make additional supports available to you to assist with planning and the implementation of your plans including: logistical/administrative supports and problem solving; strategic and planning supports; communications resources. We will work with you to fund trusted technical assistance partners or to identify mission-aligned vendors and partners.
When is the deadline to apply?
Please submit your application by Wednesday, May 31st.
Who makes the decisions and selects participants?
Early Edge staff, funders, and provider advisors will review applications and conduct interviews and select a diverse group of provider leaders.
When will we hear back after submitting an application?
We will contact finalists for interviews in early June. We plan to announce participant selections by July 2023.
Where is the money coming from?
The project is made possible through the generous funding of Practitioners’ Voice CA (PVCA), a new grantmaking effort seeking to center the expertise of Early Learning practitioners in the policy process in California, and Home Grown, a national collaborative of funders committed to improving the quality of and access to home-based child care.
Note: Provider/caregiver leaders who receive funding will need to report the stipend funds as income. Early Edge will connect selected leaders with consultants to support you with this.
Is there a required number of children that must be in my care in order to apply?
Priority will be given to current home-based child providers serving one or more children.