About Us

The mission of the City of Philadelphia: Child Care Facilities Fund (CCFF) is to provide support to high quality early childhood education providers located in Philadelphia for the maintenance and improvement of their facilities to maintain a high level STAR rating. The Fund also providers support to STAR 2 providers involved in quality improvement initiatives and meeting additional eligibility criteria.

Providers may apply for a grant for facility improvements that fit in the category of minor to mid-level renovations and/or the purchase and installation of large appliances. The funding limits for the Fund are as follows:

$25,000 for Commercial Center and Group Facilities

$12,500 for Residential Family and Group Facilities

The Fund is made possible by the City of Philadelphia in alignment with the Citywide Early Learning Plan, 'A Running Start Philadelphia', and is being managed by Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) and the Office of Children and Families (OCF).



Applicants must fall into one of the following categories to be eligible to receive an award through to the Fund:

  • STAR 3 and 4 Commercial Center and Group Facilities
  • STAR 3 and 4 Residential Family and Group Facilities

Possible Consideration will be given to:

  • Star 2 Commercial and Residential Center , Group and Family Facilities that meet the following criteria:
    • will be moving to a STAR 3 in 12 months or less or currently receiving TA through the ELRC or participation in EQUIP
    • have at least 65% of enrolled children that receive a subsidy


Application Resources       


Application Forms

Child Care Facility Fund Overview - FY21

ECE Facility Fund Application (Word)

Project Budget Template FY21 PDF 


Additional Resources

CCFF Health and Safety Focused Facility Improvements

CCFF Examples of Commonly Requested Facility Improvements

Sample Attestation Letter Template


Sample Budget Templates

For-Profit Commercial Child Care Template

Non-Profit Commercial Child Care Template

Residential Child Care Budget Template


Approved Vendors List  

CCFF Approved Vendors List

PHMC seeks qualified vendors to be added to a rolling Approved Vendors List for the City of Philadelphia: Child Care Facilities Fund. Please review the Request for Qualifications to learn more and submit a response. Typically, vendors will consist of general contractors, tradesmen, and suppliers.



For more information about the City of Philadelphia: Child Care Facility Fund please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Important Dates

Application release – December 11, 2020
Informational webinar - December 16, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. You can find a recording of the webinar here, and the slide presentation here.
Application support/TA sessions – December 21, December 22, December 23. Email CCFF to sign up for an available time slot. Mandatory for STAR 2 applicants.
Application submission deadline – January 6, 2021