OCCFR Mini Grants
The Office of Child Care and Family Resource grants are open to Campus & Network Center early childhood professionals and can be used for New Initiative projects (classroom equipment/resources and curriculum enhancement) or Professional Development training (attending conferences, workshops, or other professional training).
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All requests must be submitted no later than March 1st to ensure reimbursement by the end of the fiscal year.
Past OCCFR Mini Grant Recipients
UW Child Development Lab educators received funds to cover their annual membership fee to the Wisconsin Alliance of Infant Mental Health, providing them access to the most current professional development trainings and best practices in early childhood education.
Sensory Table Replacement
Bernie's Place used their New Initiative mini grant funds to replace a worn out sensory table in their 3-4 year-old room. The new table supported a safe, educational environment and scientific experiences for the children.
Conscious Discipline Training
Eagle’s Wing Child Care Center infant and toddler classroom staff participated in an online Conscious Discipline curriculum training to learn new techniques to implement in the classroom for behaviors and social emotional support for children.
"I am so thankful to the Office of Child Care and Family Resources helping me attend the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference. A grant from the Lynn E. Edlefson fund also helped to pay for registration fees. Not only did I gain a wealth of knowledge, but I feel more respected in my position after networking with professionals that have the same interest as me. These are the types of events that continue to reignite my passion for early childhood education, advocacy and supervising the next generation of professionals.”DANA S.
UW Grant Options
The Academic Staff Professional Development Grants offers one-time grants of up to $5000 for on-campus or local professional development activities which are sponsored by UW-Madison and are intended to benefit multi-unit groups of UW-Madison academic staff.
The Staff Innovation Award seeks to provide staff members with funds to develop exciting and innovative new initiatives that will have a positive impact on the School of Education community.
More Grants & Scholarship
Funding to support partnerships between businesses who purchase slots at existing regulated child care providers to increase staff compensation, pay expenses, reserve child care slots for local business employees, improve the quality of a child care program, and more.
Offers scholarships for educational needs, including obtaining professional credentials, taking courses at Wisconsin colleges, or pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree.
Salary stipend incentive for early childhood educators working in Wisconsin, offered by the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association.