Child Care Workforce Funding

Child Care Workforce Retention and Recruitment Funding

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The Family Conservancy has received funding from the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation to support retention and recruitment within the child care workforce.

What do these dollars provide?

  • Stipend to cover sign-on bonuses for new staff AND retention bonuses for current staff. All funds received are considered income.
  • The Family Conservancy will issue a Form 1099 to applicants for funding received.
  • Sign-on bonuses should be $500 per each new staff member. Retention bonuses should be $500 per each current staff member. An additional $500 per teacher, who is still employed at the time of the second disbursement, will be distributed using the second funding disbursement.
  • Payments will be distributed in two disbursements (June 2022 and October 2022).
  • Stipends will be dispersed on a first-come, first-serve basis using a tier system based on licensed capacity.


  • Tier 1: 45 or fewer children ($5,000)
  • Tier 2: 46-75 children ($7,000)
  • Tier 3: 76+ children ($10,000)

Who is eligible?

  • Center-based providers in the following zip codes: 64106, 64108, 64109, 64110, 64123, 64124, 64127, 64128, 64129, 64130, 64132, 64133
  • Providers may NOT receive federal funds, such as Head Start/Early Head Start

Providers that serve the following will be prioritized:

  • Providers who serve a minimum of 35% low-income children (Low-income can be defined as receiving state subsidy, receiving free or reduced lunches, and/or living in households with an income of less than $45,000 per year.)
  • Providers who serve a minimum of 35% children of color

Applicant Commits to:

  • Reporting, via brief surveys, the effects of these dollars by August 15th and November 15th, 2022
  • Submitting a completed W-9 form to Janelle Balarashti (

Deadline: April 29, 2022

If you need a hard copy instead, please print this form, sign and return to Janelle Balarashti:
The Family Conservancy
444 Minnesota Ave, Suite 200 Kansas City, KS 66101
Attn: Janelle Balarashti
Phone: (913) 742-4178


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