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Hope For New Haven and CERCLE were selected to manage $1.6 million in ARPA funds on behalf of the City of New Haven in support of workforce development for early childhood educators in the City. The grant is part of a citywide initiative to invest in successful educational outcomes for young children by increasing the number of educators in the classroom and improving learning environments of early childhood programs.

Over the next three years, CERCLE will make funding available to individuals and organizations investing in the professional growth and development of teachers. 


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  • Monday, November 27 at 6-7pm



The Workforce Development for ECE Grant Portal is open to submission on 
Monday, October 30



Dates To Remember
Virtual Information Session:  November 1, 2023

Application submission period: October 30, 2023 to December 10, 2023

Grant review period: November 2023 to January 2024

Award notification and initial funding: January 2024 to February 2024

Final report due: 30 calendar days after project/activity end date

Additional Resources
WDECE Grant Info Sheet:  

Download PDF  -  English  |  Spanish

WDECE Grant Webinar Recording:

Watch Video 


Amount of Award

Based upon the proposed project/activity and the availability of funding.

Eligible Applicants

There are two paths to qualify for funding, depending upon your type of business.

Track 1: Early Care and Education Providers (including center-based, group-home, family child care programs) that are:

  • Located in the City of New Haven OR if not located in New Haven, your program can document that at least 50% of the children currently served are residents of the City;

  • Have an active early childhood license in good standing from the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) OR is a license-exempt program;

  • Currently open and serving children;

  • Non-profit or for-profit organization; and

  • Not currently receiving services from OEC’s AQIS (Accreditation Quality Improvement Support)


Track 2: Workforce Developers and Trainers that:

  • Have a history of providing professional and workforce development training to early childhood education businesses; and

  • Are non-profit or for-profit organizations

What We Fund

Grants will be awarded to meet the varied professional development needs of the early care and education (ECE) workforce, such as:

  • Securing funding to recruit, hire and train new ECE staff

  • Assist in the annual cost of program consultants

  • Supporting executive, administrative and teaching staff attendance at ECE conferences

  • Providing and or delivering ECE for-credit courses, designed to help staff achieve the Office of Early Childhood’s qualified staff member (QSM) requirements

  • Providing and or delivering professional development designed to meet the Office of Early Childhood, NAEYC and or NAFCC training requirement

  • Providing and or delivering technical assistance to ECE programs to create an Elevate or Organization Professional Development Implementation plan

  • Developing and or implementing ECE teacher apprentice programs


How to Apply

The application period begins on Monday, October 30, 2023 and closes on Sunday, December 10, 2023. Only completed applications that are submitted by the deadline will be considered for funding. Requests for funding shall include:

  • Online application (available in English or Spanish)

  • Budget and narrative justification

  • Certificate of Liability Insurance

  • Certificate of Good Standing (CT Secretary of State)

  • Status Letter/Letter of Good Standing (CT Department of Revenue Services)


Other Funding Opportunities

The ARPA fund also designated resources to other organizations such as the United Way of Greater New Haven that are dedicated to broadening the horizons of Connecticut children and families.  For more information about their grant opportunities and upcoming informational sessions, visit


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