Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Dissertation Grants

Grants to USA agencies, nonprofits, IHEs, for-profits, Tribes, school districts, and housing authorities for graduate-level research related to child care policy. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. These grants focus on building capacity in the research field by addressing questions relevant to child care policy decision-making and program administration, as well as on fostering mentoring relationships between faculty members and doctoral students.
Top topical priorities for the 2021 announcement include (but are not limited to) improved understanding and building the evidence-base for:Understanding how the implementation of CCDF policies (e.g., family copayments, state payment rates, subsidy provisions) may be related to equal access for families;The effectiveness of states’ investments in quality of early care and education programs serving subsidized children and families;Understanding how consumer education supports parents’ child care choices;Strategies to increase the supply of subsidized care for children in households with working parents; andStrategies to retain and/or support a qualified child care workforce.Understanding how reimbursement rates based on market rate vs cost affect equity, access, and quality.For a list of additional topics of interest, see and Requirements of the Child Care Dissertation Grants:Build capacity in the early care and education field by supporting high-quality dissertation research and student-faculty collaboration and mentorship.Conduct rigorous research that has the capacity to inform child care programs, policies, and practices.Support active communication, collaboration, and partnerships between researchers and CCDF policymakers.Foster the exchange of current research, ideas, and information among research, policy, and practice communities.For a detailed description of goals and requirements, see

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Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Tribes for Child Care Policy Research Projects
Funding Source

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – Administration for Children and Families (ACF) – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)

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Eligibility Criteria

City or township governments
County governments
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Independent school districts
Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Public housing authorities
See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
Small businesses
Special district governments
State governments

Term of Contract

The total length of the proposed project, which is either 12 or 24 months. For a 1-year proposed project, the project period would start September 30, 2021, and end September 29, 2022. For a 2-year proposed project, the project period would start September 30, 2021, and end September 29, 2023.

Estimated Total Program Funding
Number of Grants
Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $25,000 Per Budget Period Award Floor: $20,000 Per Budget Period