Is this funding only for new programs, or can existing programs apply?
New or existing programs can apply as long as they are achieving the NOFA's goals of increasing affordable, quality child care.
Is there a specific age range that this NOFA is looking for? Is there any preference for harder to serve populations?
We did not specific a particular age range or population. However, we do ask that the targeted population be identified as best as possible, and a strong application will demonstrate the clear need for affordable care options for its targeted population.
Is there a preference for proposals which may provide non-traditional hours or serve specific zip codes?
Location and non-traditional hours are criteria considered when evaluating the proposal's approach. Specifically, the NOFA indicated a preference for projects located in the 22202, 22204, and 22206 ZIP Codes and the Buckingham, Lyon Park, and Hall's Hill neighborhoods. Non-traditional hours include times before 7am, after 6pm, overnight, on the weekends, or drop-in availability.
Paragraph 3(b) - for the number of child care slots, are you looking for the total offered by the applicant or the number of slots the applicant will be aiming to subsidize?
We are looking for the number of affordable slots resulting from the proposal specifically.
Are we encouraged to participate in the state subsidy program?
We encourage applicants to consider the state subsidy as one avenue for achieving affordability, but we recognize that there may be other options for achieving affordability.
I'm not familiar with subsidy programs. Is there a way to learn about them and how to go through the process of providing subsidies?
The state website provides step-by-step guidance on how to participate in the subsidy program.
The NOFA indicates that programs should attain affordability equal to 7 percent of a family's income. Can we submit a proposal that would offer a deeper subsidy, such as one that would not make extremely low-income families pay at all?
Yes, we welcome deeper subsidies for families with significant need.
Where can we find the Area Median Income (AMI) income limits?
AMI income limits are established annually based on median income statistics for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metro Area by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). They may be found here.
May we submit letters of support with our application?
We require a minimum of two references per proposal. Letters of support are welcome but not required; volume of support letters is not a criterion. Proposals will be awarded based on their merit following the criteria listed in the NOFA announcement.
For the reference portion of the company information, who are the references supposed to be (parents, previous clients, etc.)?
We have no established requirement for the references; however, a diversity of references is appreciated. References should be able to speak to your ability to effectively implement your proposal, rather than advocating for the need for affordable child care.
Can the County provide support to connect programs to families needing affordable child care?
Yes, the County has a list of providers accepting the subsidy that is given to all families when they first enroll in the Subsidy program. Additionally, we anticipate that, later this year, a new Child Care Licensing system will provide families looking for care with real time information about available slots.