Early Childhood Affordability Grant Recipients and Program Update
In August 2023, the Ashland City Council adopted the Early Childhood Affordability Grant Program plan and authorized City staff to begin implementation. This plan addresses childcare and early learning affordability, and access for Ashland families.
In September 2023, a pilot grant program for childcare providers in Ashland was launched. This program allows Ashland childcare providers to offer affordability scholarships to qualified low and moderate income households seeking early childcare options. The grant program is open to all licensed/certified preschool or daycare providers in Ashland (non-profit or for-profit).
Following the open application process in September 2023, several applications were received, and two applicants met the criteria of the grant. They are:
- Ashland Family YMCA for $75k
- Children’s World Montessori for $20K
Funds will be issued in the coming weeks. Grant recipients will reach out to families who qualify for scholarships.
“This program reinforces the City’s value of, ‘Community affordability, including available housing and childcare,’ “ stated Paula Hyatt, Ashland City Councilor, and member of the Early Childhood Affordability Ad hoc Committee.
The grant program supports the Early Childhood Committee goals to:
• Address Ashland’s need for expanded early childhood care services.
• Respond to households seeking affordability and financial stability.
• Attract and retain a local workforce through quality of life and affordability.
• Reinforce & propel kindergarten readiness in collaboration with partners.
• Support economic development in Ashland.
On a quarterly basis, the grant recipients will submit a report so that the program can be effectively evaluated. Hyatt and the Ad hoc Committee will monitor the program and provide a year-end program summary or narrative, scholarship data, and recommended next steps to the City Council.
For more information on this program, visit ashland.or.us/ChildhoodGrant
"We are Better Together!”
Sabrina Cotta, Acting City Manager
City of Ashland
Released November 15, 2023