Child Care Capacity Accelerator Grant Program


  • Physical Space and Facilities


In 2022, the state used Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) funding to create a grant program to support construction, major renovation, and operational activities to add high-quality and sustainable licensed childcare seats. The Child Care Capacity Accelerator grant program is administered through the Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund (KCCTF) and the Kansas Department for Children and Families. A maximum of $39 million will be awarded for capital investments/construction and operational costs incurred during the project period. While there is no set minimum or maximum award amount, KCCTF anticipates awards in the range of $250,000 to $2,000,000 for collaborative projects that significantly close the child care capacity gap.


All in for Kansas Kids. (n.d.). Child Care Capacity Accelerator.
Kansas State Department of Education. (n.d.). Information on Child Care Capacity Accelerator Community Grant Opportunity.
Kansas State Department of Education. (2022). SPARK executive committee recommendations.

Connections to Key Early Learning Study at Harvard (ELS@H) Findings:

High-quality, affordable early education and care supports children’s healthy development and allows families to work, engage in their own educational pursuits, and/or participate in other aspects of community life. To support children and families in these instrumental ways, research suggests there is a need to expand the availability of early education opportunities across the mixed-delivery system.

Findings from the Early Learning Study at Harvard (ELS@H) show:

  • Families rely on a range of formal (e.g., Head Start, center-based care, public pre-K) and more informal (e.g., home-based, relative care) early education settings; when choosing a setting for their child, families balance many logistical constraints and personal preferences.
  • But for many families – and especially low- and middle-income families – early education choices remain tightly constrained due to issues of affordability and supply.
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  • The state population is 2,937,150
  • The percentage of children under 6 with all available parents in the workforce is 72%
  • The rural percentage is 27.7%