Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program


The State of California has an enormous unmet need for early care and education, with many parts of the state considered child care deserts and a pandemic which has heightened the child care gap, causing the closure of numerous child care facilities across the state. This is an important time to mitigate closures and increase the supply and access of quality child care programs across the state through a diverse delivery system, get parents back to work, and provide economic stimulus to communities.

On July 23, 2021, the Legislature enacted the Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program, detailed in Welfare and Institutions Code section 10310., a $350.5 million investment in the child care infrastructure across the State of California that is to be administered in the form of grants by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The CDSS will administer $200.5 million in grants for minor construction, renovations, and repairs to address health and safety concerns. Additionally, the CDSS will administer $150 million in grants for major construction of shovel-ready child care facilities. The CDSS will put out two (2) separate Request for Applications (RFAs) on a competitive basis for each funding source.

Requests for Applications

1. Minor Renovation and Repairs (CLOSED as of 3/25/22 at 11:59pm - Award notifications have been sent and completed.)

Please Note: Grantees and Award Amounts are subject to change.

  • Minor renovation, repairs, modernization, or retrofitting of existing child care facilities to increase or recover capacity due to a declared disaster, mitigate future disasters, address needs related to health and safety, licensing, or the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other existing facilities for use as child care facilities.
  • Please note that the initial timeframe of 120-150 days to receive payment is only an estimate and varies by grantee. Some grant payments may be delayed due to incomplete grant packages (i.e., STD 204 and verification issues). Changes to an STD 204 could also cause delays.
  • To ensure receipt of important notifications about your award, please be sure to check your SPAM settings. You may review this link to help you with this process: How can I Safelist Notification Emails from Submittable? | Submittable Help Center

Please direct any questions regarding the RFA to:

2. New Construction and Major Renovation (CLOSED as of 1/31/23 at 11:59pm)

  • New construction or major renovation (such as structural changes or extensive alterations) of child care facilities to build new child care spaces.

Please direct any questions regarding the RFA to:

Technical Assistance

Due to the competitive nature of this RFA, the Child Care and Development Division is not able to provide technical assistance with the completion of the application. You may contact your local Resource and Referral (R&R) Network and Local Planning Councils. These partners may be able to provide assistance.

General Assurances

  1. Programs and services are and will be in compliance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the California Fair Employment Practices Act, Government Code §11135; and Chapter 1, Subchapter 4 (commencing with §30) of Division I of Title 5, California Code of Regulations (5 CCR).
  2. Programs and services are and will be in compliance with Title IX (nondiscrimination on the basis of sex) of the Education Amendments of 1972. Each program or activity conducted by the Grantee will be conducted in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 2, (commencing with §200), Prohibition of Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, of Part 1 of Division 1 of Title I of the California Education Code (EDC), as well as all other applicable provisions of state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex.
  3. Programs and services are and will be in compliance with the affirmative action provisions of the Education Amendments of 1972.
  4. Programs and services are and will be in compliance with the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
  5. Programs and services for individuals with disabilities are in compliance with the disability laws. (Public Law (PL) 105-17; 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 300, 303; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
  6. When federal funds are made available, they will be used to supplement the amount of state and local funds that would, in the absence of such federal funds, be made available for the uses specified in the state plan, and in no case supplant such state or local funds. (20 United States Code (USC) §6321; PL 114-95, Part 1118(b)(1))
  7. All state and federal statutes, regulations, program plans, and applications appropriate to each program under which federal or state funds are made available through this application will be met by the applicant agency in its administration of each program.
  8. The Grantee will make reports to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) as may reasonably be necessary to enable the CDSS to perform their duties and will maintain such records and provide access to those records as the CDSS deems necessary. Such records will include, but will not be limited to, records which fully disclose the amount and disposition by the recipient of those funds, the total cost of the activity for which the funds are used, the share of that cost provided from other sources, and such other records as will facilitate an effective audit. The recipient shall maintain such records for three years after the completion of the activities for which the funds are used. (34 CFR Parts 76.722, 76.730, 76.731, 76.760; 2 CFR Part 200.333)
  9. The Grantee declares that it neither uses nor will use federal funds for lobbying activities and hereby complies with the certification requirements of 34 CFR Part 82.
  10. The Grantee has complied with the certification requirements under 34 CFR Part 84 regarding debarment, suspension and other requirements for a drug-free workplace. (34 CFR Part 84)
  11. The Grantee will adopt and use proper methods of administering each program including enforcement of any obligations imposed by law on agencies responsible for carrying out programs and correction of deficiencies in program operations identified through audits, monitoring or evaluation. (20 USC §7846;)
  12. Programs and services are and will be in compliance with Section 8355 of the California Government Code and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and implemented at CFR Part 84, Subpart F, for grantees, as defined at 34 CFR Part 84, Sections 84.105 and 84.110.
  13. Federal grant recipients, sub recipients and their grant personnel are prohibited from text messaging while driving a government owned vehicle, or while driving their own privately owned vehicle during official grant business, or from using government supplied electronic equipment to text message or email when driving. Recipients must comply with these conditions under Executive Order 13513, "Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging while Driving," October 1, 2009.
  14. Public works construction projects, as defined in Labor Code Section 1720 et seq, must meet prevailing wage requirements. California law requires that workers are not paid less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages on public works projects.

General Assurances – Spanish Translated Version