Grant Opportunity: Community Child Care Hub Grants

The Grant Application has  closed as of 5PM CST on July 28, 2023.

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is pleased to announce an investment of Child Care Development Funds (CCDF) of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) to grow child care capacity in Tennessee.

TDHS is seeking to pilot partnerships with public/government and non-profit organizations to develop and establish locally managed child care administrative hubs to support a network of newly licensed child care providers, in order to generate additional licensed capacity and lessen administrative burden, particularly in low-income communities and for historically underserved populations.

TDHS seeks to pilot family and community focused solutions that demonstrate measurable impacts designed to increase the availability of affordable child care that is safe, healthy, and educationally rich.  Primary services to be provided will include:

  • A comprehensive menu of administrative supports to facilitate the opening of new licensed child care capacity in areas identified as child care deserts (ex. staffing, marketing, budgeting, technology, fiscal, and curriculum development and implementation);
  • Engaging stakeholders including parents, local government agencies, private businesses, non-profit agencies, philanthropic foundations, and TDHS Child Care Quality Partners to build an understanding of local child care needs in order to design capacity that closely aligns with community and local employer needs;
  • Promoting available child care capacity through a variety of communications channels, including outreach to parents and employers; and
  • Engaging technical assistance resources to continuously improve quality.

The Grant Application has  closed as of 5PM CST on July 28, 2023.

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The grant application period has closed as of 5:00PM Central on July 28, 2023. Questions about the application process may be emailed to

Available documents:

Growing Child Care Capacity in Tennessee - Community Child Care Grant Application Guide 

Budget Template