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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development Program

Deadline: June 1, 2021

The Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development (RFCCMED) program will fund applicants to enable refugees to achieve self-sufficiency by establishing small family child care businesses. The program will provide refugee participants with training and technical assistance (TA) in professional child care, microenterprise development, and financial literacy; assist refugee participants in navigating the child care licensing process; and provide direct financial assistance, as needed, to enable participants to prepare their homes for child care business operation.

The goal of the RFCCMED program is to generate a source of income and economic self sufficiency for economically vulnerable refugees, by funding organizations that will, along their partner(s), train eligible participants to establish licensed, high-quality family child care (FCC) businesses.

Specifically, the main objectives of the RFCCMED program are to:

1) Help refugees attain economic self-sufficiency, by establishing licensed FCC businesses
2) Help refugee families gain access to licensed FCC businesses able to meet the early care and developmental needs of refugee children
3) Assist refugees in learning how to navigate mainstream child care services

The RFCCMED program will meet its objectives through the following required activities:

1. FCC Training: Specialized FCC training is required to be provided to enrolled participants. Due to the diverse nature of the refugee population, training must be culturally and linguistically appropriate. Training must be provided directly or through an established partnership with local agencies that already have existing expertise in FCC training. Training must fully prepare participants to establish successful, high-quality FCC businesses that comply with state and local child care laws designed to protect health and safety. Health and safety training areas must include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The prevention and control of infectious diseases
  • Prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and use of safe sleeping practices
  • The administration of medication, consistent with standards for parental consent
  • The prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
  • Building and physical premises safety, including identification of and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury, such as electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic
  • Prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma
  • Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man-caused event
  • The handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of biological contaminants
  • Appropriate precautions in transporting children for providers that offer transportation;
    First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Requirements relating to nutrition, access to physical activity, or any other subject area determined by local regulation to be necessary to promote child development or to protect children’s health and safety

2. Microenterprise Development Training: Specialized microenterprise development (MED) training is required to be provided to enrolled participants. Due to the diverse nature of the refugee population, training must be culturally and linguistically appropriate. These trainings must be provided directly or through an established partnership with local agencies that must have existing expertise in the area of MED. The training must include all aspects of small business knowledge and skills required to operate a profitable and successful business and comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Examples of MED training topics include business planning, financial literacy, customer service, record keeping, time management, inventory management, cash flow projections, financial and cash management, personnel management, employment regulation, taxation, and general small business management.

3.Technical Assistance: TA is broadly defined as one-on-one consulting, counseling, mentoring, or facilitation related to FCC business development. TA must be provided to all participants on a regular and/or as-needed basis to enable them to establish and improve their businesses during their participation in the program. TA must be provided by the RFCCMED program directly or through partner(s). TA plans must be designed to fully prepare the participant to establish a successful FCC business. Examples of TA include assisting with the development of a business plan, assistance in applying for a child care license, providing expert advice on business start-up and development, accounting, and interpretation and translation services for Limited English Proficiency participants. While individual TA must be available to participants, assistance may be provided to participants in small groups when appropriate.

4. Participant Stipends: Programs are required to provide a stipend that ranges from $500-$3,000 per enrolled refugee participant for the full project period to assist with business startup costs.

5. Collaboration with Local Child Care Licensing Agency: Programs are required to establish connections with the local agency responsible for FCC licensing in the service area to ensure that the program has accurate and current information regarding FCC requirements and regulations.

6. Coordination with Refugee Resettlement Community: Programs are required to include regular coordination with resettlement agencies, State Refugee Coordinators or replacement designees, and other relevant community services providers to extend the effort of the outreach, awareness, and coordination with the refugee resettlement community. Applicants will be required to provide evidence demonstrating consultation on the proposed program from the State Refugee Coordinator, or the individual responsible for the statewide or regional coordination of the refugee resettlement program, as applicable, of the state where the proposed project will be implemented.

Implementing organizations must work in close cooperation with the state, territory, tribal, or local agency responsible for child care regulation to ensure that participants have completed all necessary steps to legally operate their business at a capacity that will enable the participant to achieve financial self-sufficiency.

Amount: $1,500,000 is available to make up to 8 awards that range from $150,000-$187,500. The project period is 36-months.

Note: Recipients may opt to transfer a portion of substantive programmatic work to other organizations through subaward(s).

Eligibility: Public and private nonprofit agencies may apply. FCC and MED partnership(s) are required if the applicant is not able to deliver all required FCC and MED trainings through its own internal capacity.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328906

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