Student veterans stand at a critical juncture in their transitions from military service to civilian life. Because they often come to college and universities later in life, it is not unusual for these student veterans – particularly women student veterans – to have young children who require care while parents attend classes, study or work part time. The challenges of finding and affording quality child care that meets the needs of these non-traditional students causes too many student veterans to drop out of school or take much longer than average to complete their schooling. What’s more, the high cost of child care and lack of access to traditional licensed care, supports for non-traditional hours and/or flexible care options makes it difficult for students to receive this valuable resource. Keeping student veterans engaged in their postsecondary education is an investment in the entire community’s vibrancy, and providing childcare supports is one means to ensure these veteran students’ success.
A new funding opportunity is available from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) to fund an entity to provide student veterans with financial assistance to cover partial costs of flexible and self-identified child care needs.
Funding for Student Veteran Child Care Pilot
The Student Veteran Child Care Pilot strategy seeks support veteran students that are enrolled in an accredited college, training, apprenticeship or other educational institutions by financially managing and distributing funds for student veteran’s child care needs, providing technical assistance to child care providers, and partner with the King County Veterans Program along with other veteran-serving partners to accept and provide referrals. These funds may be used for, but not limited to, the following types of supports:
- Subsidies to licensed child care providers, including in-home family care centers
- Vouchers for child care
- Unlicensed child care providers such as Friend and Family Neighbor Care (FFN) supports
Available funding: Up to $400,000 in VSHSL funds
Investment period: December 1, 2020 – December 31, 2023 (subject to change)
Questions: Contact Allison Jurkovich, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications due: November 9, 2020 by 11:59 pm
October 20, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:00 am
Join by Zoom
Conference ID: 97748499484, Passcode: 145376
Join by phone: 253-215-8782
Communication access real-time translation (CART) will be available at this meeting. If you need additional accommodations to participate, please contact the procurement lead by October 16, 2020.
The Bidders Conference session will be recorded and posted at kingcounty.gov/VSHSL-Funding.
For more information and to apply visit: https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/DCHS_VSHSL_Student_Veteran_Child_Care_Pilot
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