News // May 14, 2019

Apply for a CGF Family Child Care Provider Grant - Deadline Approaching

  • Sage Williams
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Are you a Coast Guard spouse stationed with your family in Petaluma, Cape May, Staten Island or Kodiak?

Are you interested in opening up your own Family Child Care business?

The Coast Guard Foundation, in partnership with the United States Coast Guard, has launched a program to assist Coast Guard spouses in these four locations. We want to help you open your own child care business. It’s a win-win for you-- and for Coast Guard families who need affordable, quality child care.

This pilot program is made possible by a generous grant from Geico, a strong supporter of America’s military families.

We'll award five grants in each of the four locations- $20,000 total to set-up 20 family child care centers.

By offering affordable and flexible childcare to Coast Guard members, the program will provide employment opportunities for spouses and reinforce the Coast Guard culture of members helping members.

There are a few basic requirements to qualify for a $1,000 grant.

1. Submit a grant application during the application open period (that’s right now- May 1-June 15, 2019).

2. Make contact with the local Child Development Services Coordinator (CDSS) in your area to start the process of becoming a certified child care provider- contact information detailed below.

Note well>> Great news for Coast Guard spouses transferring this summer to any of the pilot locations- you are eligible to apply for the FCC grant now.

Once you have earned “provisional status” by the Coast Guard’s Child Development Services Coordinator (CDSS) and are ready to start-up your Family Child Care program, your Coast Guard Foundation grant can be approved. Eligible, qualifying expenses include:

  • Liability insurance
  • CPR/First aid training certification
  • CEUs and other child development training classes
  • Teaching supplies and toys, baby care equipment and gear
  • Marketing materials, enrollment paperwork
  • Cleaning services, carpet and otherwise, to prepare your physical space
  • State licensing costs (California)



How can I apply to be an FCC provider? Coast Guard spouses residing in Coast Guard-owned housing in any of the locations of the pilot who are interested in the FCC grant may contact their local Child Development Services Coordinator (CDSS) listed below for information about becoming a certified FCC provider. Coast Guard spouses transferring this summer to any of the pilot locations are eligible to apply for the FCC grant.

  • Base Kodiak: Vanessa Bryant, 907-487-5525, Vanessa.D.Bryant@uscg.mil
  • TRACEN Petaluma: Lena Gavello, 510-437-3237, Lena.M.Gavello@uscg.mil
  • TRACEN Cape May: Valanda Weston, 609-898-6384, Valanda.M.Weston@uscg.mil
  • Sector New York: Maura Redy, 718-354-4404, Maura.Redy@uscg.mil

Access the application directly here: CGF-FCC GRANT APPLICATION

There are two application periods to take advantage of this funding opportunity, May 1 to June 15, 2019, and September 1 to October 15, 2019. Funding will be based on availability.


What does the Coast Guard require for FCC provider certification?

  1. Live in one of the four government housing areas noted above;
  2. Be a spouse and authorized resident in Coast Guard controlled housing;
  3. Be at least 18 years of age;
  4. Be able to speak, read, and write English;
  5. Have a high school diploma, or the equivalent;
  6. Successfully complete background check for child care providers;
  7. Obtain a health screening and be in good health to provide care to active groups of children;
  8. Be able to understand children’s developmental needs;
  9. Be able to lift 40 pounds;
  10. Agree in writing to the requirements of the FCC program;
  11. Obtain liability insurance for the Family Child Care home.

It is our hope that this pilot program will provide new childcare options for Coast Guard families, and provide employment for Coast Guard spouses, both of which are core areas of Coast Guard Foundation support.

  • For more information, please reach out to our points of contact:
    Dr. Marta Denchfield, Chief, Behavioral Health Services Division, 202-475-5253 , Marta.E.Denchfield@uscg.mil.
  • Ms. Sage Williams, Program Director, 860-535-0786, swilliams@coastguardfoundation.org.
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