Childcare Relief Program

Superior Childcare Relief Program description and application available HERE!

Applications will be accepted starting April 1st, 2022

For questions, please contact the Planning Department at 715-395-7335 or 


Applications can be submitted by:



Mail/drop off at:

City of Superior Planning Department

1316 N 14th Street, Suite 210

Superior, WI 54880

Superior Childcare Relief Program

Purpose:  To sustain and increase access to high quality childcare in the City of Superior through targeted grants for Childcare providers.  The funding for this program is provided by the Federal American Rescue Plan Act and is intended to address those directly impacted by loss of services or experienced challenges accessing childcare related to the pandemic.   


Requirements: Applicants must be a certified or licensed childcare provider in the City of Superior. 


Expenditure Period:  All grant funds must be spent and reported to City of Superior by December 31, 2024.


Program Matching:  Maximum grant applicants are active recipients of these state and federal programs

  • Child Care Counts
  • Federal food program (CACFP)

Young Star rated


Participating not yet rated (Young Star)*


Licensed or certified care


Serves families between 6pm-6am or offers weekend hours 






Enrolled and participating in at least TWO of the programs listed in Program Matching


Enrolled in at least ONE of the programs listed in Program Matching




Provides infant care


Provides infant care


Provides infant care


Currently enrolled WI Shares families or foster families 






Total grant available:







Determining Eligible Grant Amount: Applicants should start with their category from the top row, adding applicable programming and services moving down the list to calculate the total grant eligible amount.  Maximum grant amount is $10,000.


* If a grant recipient receives their Young Star rating by December 1, 2022, upon proof provided, they can receive the additional eligible grant funds.


Eligible expenses: Eligible expenses are planned costs that go towards a new or expanded service, increasing access to services, efforts to bolster, support, or preserve existing services.  


Examples of eligible expenses are, but not limited to:

  • Classroom materials, technology, or software equipment
  • Staff education/training
  • Recruitment or retention bonuses for early education employees through childcare providers
  • Safety improvements
  • Capital Improvement projects directly related to eligible expenses

Required application submittals: At the time of application submission, all applicants must provide:

  • Proof of licensure/certification 
  • W9 for business (this is required to disburse any grant funds)

Acknowledgement of Grant Spending: Upon approval of grant award, applicant is required to sign an Acknowledgement of Grant Spending, prior to full disbursal of grant funds.  An example of this document is attached.


Required Grant Reporting:  By the end of the expenditure period, or once all grant funds have been spent, applicant must submit an itemized report of all grant related expenses.  The report should include: 

  • Date of the expense
  • Expense description 
  • Expense amount   

Grant recipients will not be required to submit receipts or documentation of expenses, however recipient should keep proof of all expenses for their records.  The City of Superior may request them in the future.  


Grant applications for the Superior Childcare Relief Program accepted until June 1, 2024 or until all funds have been awarded, whichever comes first.  

More resources that may be available for your program


Learn more about Partner Up: 

The Partner Up! grant program will provide $10 million in funding to support childcare for Wisconsin’s businesses. 

Through Partner Up! Businesses can reserve subsidized slots in regulated local childcare programs for their employees’ use. The employer will contribute part of the true cost of care for each slot reserved, and Partner Up! will contribute the remaining amount. Participating families will receive accessible, high-quality childcare at little-to-no out-of-pocket cost to them. Detailed information, including costs and eligibility, can be found on DCF’s Partner Up! Webpage.

Learn more about Dream Up: 

The Dream Up! grants will offer $8.1 million to directly support 30 communities and childcare programs around the state, over the next two years. Through a collaborative community approach, teams of community stakeholders, will work to evaluate, plan, sustain, and expand existing childcare, and support new childcare programs.

Applications should be submitted by a team of invested community members. Teams are encouraged to include a cross-sector of professionals. Team representatives may include (but are not limited to):

  • Local business leaders
  • Community and civic organizations
  • Economic development programs
  • Childcare programs
  • School districts
  • Local government
  • City or county administrations 
  • Individual childcare programs are not eligible for this program as a stand-alone applicant but may be a part of the team.


Learn more about the City of Superior Small Business Grant Program


Provides reimbursement grants to eligible businesses for planned improvement projects.  Applicants must have a commercial storefront; therefore, in-home daycares would not be eligible.