Grants for day care centers

1,389 child daycare centers received at least $123.8 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 1,059 grants made from 778 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,500. Of these 778 foundations, 87% made just a single grant to day care centers, and 2% made grants to four or more day care centers. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$123,812,166
Total grant dollars given to day care centers
1,059
Number of grants made annually to day care centers
778
Number of grantmakers funding day care centers
$1,500
Median grant size to day care centers

Foundations that support child daycare centers

Out of all grants made to day care centers, 75% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 98% of the dollar-value of grants to day care centers. Foundations funding day care centers also made grants to multiservice human service organizations, food banks, boys and girls clubs, homeless shelters, and religious organizations.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
589
Medium
 
95
Large
 
94
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
29
Private
 
602
Corporate
 
55
Other
 
92

Grants made

Grants made to day care centersNumber of grantmakers
1
 
684
2-3
 
73
4-10
 
14
11+
 
7

Top 10 foundations supporting child daycare centers

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to day care centersNumber of grants made to day care centersMedian grant size
Westrock FoundationGANational0.1%32$39
Community Foundation of Collier CountyFLNational0.2%24$1,000
Baird FoundationWINational0.1%22$10
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.1%17$1,495
Buell FoundationCOState0.2%12$1,324
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%12$238
Dollar General Literacy FoundationTNNational0.3%11$3,000
Seattle FoundationWAState0.0%10$1,250
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%9$555
Community Foundation of North Central WiWIMetro0.4%6$2,560

Child daycare centers grantees

Day care centers with more than $5 million in total revenues received 92% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 27% of all day care centers.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
1,049
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
10

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$2,000
$100k-$500k
 
$2,000
$500k-$1M
 
$2,000
$1M-$5M
 
$1,500
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
Florida
 
103
New York
 
91
Massachusetts
 
77
Illinois
 
76
Other
 
712

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
78
Chicago
 
63
Boston
 
60
Seattle
 
48
Other
 
678

Top 25 grants made to day care centers

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Community Coordinated Care for Children$77,531,584SR & VPKEarly Learning Coalition of Orange
Campus Child Care$9,300,000Comm. Gift & Char. Contrib.Harvard University
Wake County SmartStart (WCSS)$7,240,674NC Young ChildrenNorth Carolina Partnership for Children
Mecklenburg Partnership for Children$6,491,457NC Young ChildrenNorth Carolina Partnership for Children
Rolling Plains Management Corporation$5,283,707To Provide Child Care Assistance To Low-Income Families in the Organization's Service Area.Workforce Solutions North Texas
Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC)$5,280,688Program SupportValley of the Sun United Way
Educational First Steps$2,643,985General SupportThe Dallas Foundation
Clare Swan Early Learning Center$2,617,169CashCook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC)
Clare Swan Early Learning Center$2,617,169CashCook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC)
Clare Swan Early Learning Center$2,617,169EducationalCook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC)
Square One / Springfield Day Nursery Corporation$5,000Holyoke Children WithNewell C Mansir Tuw
The Children's Center of New Milford$5,000ProgramsThe Karlson Family Foundation
Sound Child Care Solutions$5,000Family Interest GrantmakingBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Eagles' Nest Early Learning Center$5,000Tuition Assistance (First Payment)Buell Foundation
The Cub's Den$5,000Tuition Assistance for Low-Income Children (First Payment)Buell Foundation
The Cub's Den$5,000Tuition Assistance for Low-Income Children (Second Payment)Buell Foundation
Acre Family Day Care Corporation (AFCC)$5,000Child Care ServicesAubert J Fay Charitable Fund
North Bay Children's Center (NBCC)$5,000Raising A Reader ProgramThe Upjohn Fund of San Francisco
U Can Learn$5,000EducationThe FHC Foundation
Childcare Resources of Indian River$5,000General PurposeThe John and Judi O'Steen Family Foundation
Columbia Children's Center$5,000Children's ProgramsChildrens Foundation of Columbia County
Welbourne Avenue Nursery and Kindergarten$5,000Education of Underprivileged ChildrenViolet and Harold Jaeke Foundation
Precious Gifts Day Care and Learning Center$5,000Charitable Exempt PurposeLouise B Blackman Family Foundation
Jewish Community Center of the North Shore (JCCNS)$5,000General & UnrestrictedTurkanis Family Foundation
Mount Kisco Child Care Center (MKCCC)$5,000Community ImpactUnited Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP)
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Day care centers" category for this page is determined by the "P33: Child Day Care" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.