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March | 2022
"I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life."
"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it,
she stands up for all women." - Maya Angelou

 Women's History Month is celebrated every year during March to recognize the contributions and achievements women have made over the course of history. Invite your youngest learners to engage in the celebrations this month with 11 Kid-Friendly Activities and 8 Ways to Celebrate
that teach and empower!

Funding Opportunity for Licensed
Child Care Facilities!

Last month, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Child Care and Development Division (CCDD) opened their Application to the Minor Renovation and Repairs Grant that aims to preserve, enhance or expand existing child care spaces.

Center-based and Home-based child care providers in California who were licensed ON OR BEFORE August 01, 2021 can apply for grants to cover the costs of minor renovations and repairs of their facilities! The application deadline is March 25, 2022.

Licensed Family Child Care Homes can request up to $75,000 and Licensed Child Care Centers can request up to $249,000. Examples of allowable uses of grant funds include:

  • Classroom upgrades/refresh such as new painting
  • Child Care business related kitchen upgrades and equipment
  • Fixed equipment (washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves)
  • Non-fixed equipment (portable dishwashers/sanitizers, air purifiers)
  • Ventilation systems and window replacement
  • Plumbing and/or water filtration systems (child-sized sinks, portable sinks)
  • Landscaping/Shade Structure
  • Upgrades to outdoor space to encourage outdoor learning
  • American Disabilities Act (ADA) modifications for indoor and outdoor space
  • Architectural plans/drawings/design costs
  • Demolition, Project management costs, and much more!
Don't miss this opportunity to upgrade your environment! 
In an effort to support applicants who are applying for minor repair and renovation grants, Build Up California has been compiling resources on a new webpage where you can find supportive materials such as,
  • General Information and FAQ
  • Link to the Application
  • Local County Developed Resources
  • R&R Network Produced Documents
  • Build Up CA Best Practices Webinar, and much more.

Repairs & Renovations of Center-Based and Home-Based Child Care Facilities: Best Practices
Build Up CA hosted two webinars in February to engage with child care providers in center and home-based settings to consider best practices for improving their facilities. By increasing the quality of our child care facilities, we provide optimal environments for children, staff, and families ones that foster relationships, nurture development, promote health and wellness, and facilitate learning.

When planning for child care space improvements, it can be overwhelming to know where to start and what to pursue. You can watch our recorded webinars to learn how to identify improvements needed in your center or home-based facility and learn about best practice solutions from experts in the field! 

Use the links below to access our latest resources, such as the Material Selection presentation slides and Best Practices Checklists for Family Child Care Homes, which was recently translated to Arabic, Chinese, Somali, and Spanish
As a reminder, you can find the ECE Design Guide, recordings to this webinar and many more resources that support providers at
Get inspired watching Build Up California's Best Practices webinar for minor repairs and renovations of center-based child care facilities!

Other Upcoming Events

  • Tues. Mar. 8, 9:00 AM – ECE Budget Hearing | Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance
  • Weds. Mar. 9, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Minor Renovation and Repairs Webinar | presented by Child Care Providers United (CCPU) 
  • Sat. Mar. 12,  8:30 AM to 10:00 AM  - Grant workshop | Child Care Business Institute in partnership with Child Care Changemakers (Eng. | Spa.)
  • Sat. Mar. 19, 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM - Grant Workshop | Child Care Business Institute in partnership with Child Care Changemakers (Eng. | Spa.)
  • Thurs. Mar. 24, 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM - Grant Review | Child Care Business Institute in partnership with Child Care Changemakers (Eng. | Spa.)

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