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Pre-K School Grants

Pre-K or the pre-kindergarten refers to the initial formal classrooms that children attend in the United States. Children aged between 3 and 4 attend these pre-schools to prepare for the academically intensive kindergarten. The pre-k schools replaced the term nursery, which was previously used during the 1990s.

There are a number of pre-K grants available which are financed by the federal as well as the state levels. These grants can be used for operation and proper functioning of the pre-kindergarten schools. The schools can use the money they receive for renovations and up-gradation of their institutions. There are some set criteria of the granting organizations and agencies which must be fulfilled. Grants, unlike loans are not to be repaid.

The pre-k school grants also fund the tuition fees of the children. Educational loans are another option, but the amount needs to be paid back with interest. Since this is not the case with the pre-k school grants, the parents can help the child complete his/her education. In this competitive market of today, it is very important that each and every child gets the right kind of education.

Some of the very popular pre-K school grants are discussed below:

The Jim Joseph Foundation: Parents of the Jewish successors who require funds for paying the tuition fees of the pre-k schools can definitely benefit from Jim Joseph Foundation. The grant program allocates a sum of more than $1 million every year. This program which serve Greater Boston, started from the year 2006. One of the parents of the students who are attending the pre-kindergarten must belong to the Jewish community.

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Child Care & Development Block Grant: Those who belong to the low income groups can avail of the grants offered by this program. The grants are sponsored by the Department of Health & Human Services. These grants offer financial help so that the child can participate in the childcare services and programs. The grants also encourage parents to make healthy decisions for their kids and offer all sorts of child care facilities particularly when they cannot afford to take sufficient care of the child.

Child Care Grants: This is a kind of grant offered to the pre-k institutions so that they can upgrade the available facilities, purchase the necessary equipments for receiving license, or change the home center into a large sized building. The child care centers can ask for an amount up to $10,000. Annually more than $200,000 is been dispersed to the eligible applicants.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is known to offer different kinds of grant programs for classroom renovations as well as for the teachers of the pre-k. Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grant Program is particularly awarded to the teachers of the pre-K grade to improve the overall learning process. Annually an amount of about $3,000 is dispersed. The other kinds of grant programs offered by this scheme are teacher professional progressive grants, emerging leading teachers in the pre-schools.

The Verizon Foundation: Is a kind of foundation which is known to support education system in the pre-school levels. It aims at educating a child and preparing them to reach their goals through technology as well as literacy. The partners of Verizon literacy include ReadWriteThink.org and Thinkfinity.org. The literacy program supports web based lessons in the pre-k schools.

USAC Grants offer financial assistance to the pre-k schools as well as the higher educational institutions. This kind of a grant helps in up-gradation of the library and the school infrastructure.

The teachers, students as well as the pre-k schools benefit immensely from these kinds of grants offered.

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Denise Matarangas October 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm

How can I find ouit if my pre school accepts government grants. Are there only specific pre schools that accept students with government grants?


grantofficer October 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm

@Denise, please mention your state.


Karen Hubbard October 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I am the principal of a rural Alabama school. We are interested in writing a grant to house a pre-kindergarten program in our public school. We are a title I school, and our district, Bibb County, is a title I district.

Any information you can provide will be appreciated.

Karen Hubbard


Nirmal chandappa December 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Dear Sir,

Greetings from CORP, Mumbai, India.

It is a pleasure for CORP to come to know about Pre-K School Grants which supports grants for small organizations.

Community Outreach Programme (CORP) is a registered non-profit organization which was registered in 1977 under the Societies Registration Act and Public
Trust Act. Our organization has thus been working in the fields of Education, Health, Nutrition and empowerment activities for the poor and underprivileged children and needy women of the slum communities. Our mission is the “Holistic Development of Children and Women”.

We would like to apply for a grant for our “Project Creche and Pre-school”. Kindly do let us know in case you would require any further information, which we shall furnish most gladly.

Thanking you very much and looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Nirmal Chandappa
Director, CORP


Deidre L. Dunn May 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I am interested in starting a Pre-K program in Charlotte, NC and would like information on securing some money to support a start-up, salaries for the teachers and subsidized tuition for economically disadvantaged students.


Lynel July 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm


My name is Lynel and recently opened a childcare/educational center and would like to receive information on applying for an applications for receiving grants. Please contact me as soon as possible with this information.

Thanking you in advance for all of your help,



Ana February 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Did you receive any favourable reply or information for your question? I am also in a similar situation in Texas.



Angel September 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I am a single mother, who works full time in Oregon. I have a good job but my checks just pay for bills we already have, and I need to get my daughter into pre k. I make $45 too much for head start or any state programs. Where can I find grants and/or loans to send my daughter to school. Please help.


Kinei September 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Hello Angel,

I was just wondering if you had any help with finding funds for your daughters pre k, I am in the same situation, it is sad how the system works.


Cynthia L. September 7, 2011 at 12:46 am

Hi, I have 3 year old triplets and would like to find out how I could get a grant for them to go to a really good pre-K program. I am a single mom and my income is low enough to allow my kids to go to a pre-k but we live in a bad neighborhood in Texas and I want my kids to be in a better school. I also need them to transport for free to their daycare.


Robin S. September 7, 2011 at 12:49 am

Do you know how I could get a grant to do pre-K for my kids from home? I babysit for two other moms who have 4 year olds, and I thought it would be neat if I could do an official Pre-K program. We live in a state where I am allowed to homeschool.


Stephanie Henn October 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I am an elementary school teacher looking to open a pre-k school in rural NC. Could you give me some info. on how to get started? Thank you in advance for your time. Stephanie


Tammy Shamblin November 17, 2011 at 1:22 am

I am interested in learning if we are eligible for preschool grants. Our preschool is First Baptist Preschool in Athens, TN. We are looking for money to support our staff salaries and to integrate technology into our classrooms. Any information or help is appreciated!

Tammy Shamblin
First Baptist Preschool
Athens, TN


Angela F January 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I have opened and child care center in NC and i would like more information on sercuring some money to support this small start up business. I provide child care for 1-5 year olds, subsidized children and children with special needs.
I would like to receive more information about your grants.



Ana February 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Did you receive any favourable reply or information for your question? I am also in a similar situation in Texas.



Kathy Tsikis October 15, 2013 at 9:39 am

Hi, how can I get help with my son’s private pre- school? My husband had an accident at work and can’t work ,my son has a speech delay he’s bilingual greek/English,please call me or text me back#917-500-5233 thanks for your time


Kim Miller November 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I am a teacher in a Title One Special Education preschool. I am interested in obtaining grants for supplies, field trips and equipment. Thanks!


Nitin David March 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

We run a play school by the name Future Kids Academy since 13 years. We are interested in obtaining grants for underprivileged children .
Thanks and regards


Tammy Billings May 23, 2014 at 2:29 am

Hi I opened a daycare in August of 2013 in a small town in Munford Tn. I am almost full in all my classrooms and would now like to see about offering a pre-k program with certified teachers and would like to know if anyone knows of funding to get it started. Thanks :)


Lisa Gnacinski June 26, 2014 at 3:45 am

I am an educator and interested in opening a pre-k school in Erie, PA but am in need of financial grants to help with the facility and supplies. I would like to target the disadvantaged children in or city and would love to get help to open ASAP for the upcoming school year.


Timothy Johnson August 15, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I am treasurer for our non-profit 501(c)3 private San Pedro (CA) Co-op Nursery School, a parent-participation half-day pre-school for Teddies (3-4) (2 days/wk) and the Dino classes (4-5) (3 days/wk). We are having low enrollment issues and right now need about 7 more enrolled students to get to break even. We are at 13 students now total, and with our low tuition and fundraisers, it’s going to be a tight year. We just have one teacher/director as an employee, and I hope we can meet payroll, plus we are going to switch worker’s comp carriers (which should help us financially in the long run), and we are going to have to pay our exterminator bill. We could just use a grant or donation of any kind just to help stay afloat right now. We are working very hard to get our numbers up – we just had an open house which did help – and we might do open houses on a regular basis. 10/10 enrolled students in both classes puts us in the black territory. The closer we get to 10/10, we are very close to break even. We have been around since 1957, and it would be heart-breaking if the school were to close on my watch. We/I have all worked too hard. We do have some low income and hispanic families at our school, if this would at all help us in getting any kind of grant for just basic operating expenses. Please contact me if anybody has any ideas/suggestions for grants.


Brittany McGee August 23, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Hi I’m the Assistant Coordinator of the parent board at a daycare. We have a pre – program that we want to expand to do more community activites, field trips, science projects, planting a garden, purchase more supplies and books to use inside the class as well as bring technology into the classroom. It would be greatly appreciated if we could receive the help needed to make this possible.


Brenda Bibbs October 29, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Where can I got information about applying for a Pre-K Grant in the state of Alabama.
I would like to apply for the Pre-K Grant


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