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      Dream Up! Grant Program 


DreamThe Dream Up! Child Care Supply-Building Grant Program is kicking off a third cohort of applications with additional funding of $2.5 million through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  

The competitive application period for Cohort 3 of the Dream Up! grant program will be open February 20 – March 17, 2023.

Through a collaborative community approach, teams of community stakeholders, will work to evaluate, plan, sustain, and expand existing child care, and support new child care programs.

Teams are encourage to include a cross-sector of professionals. Teams of invested community members may include (but are not limited to):

  • Local business leaders
  • Community and civic organizations
  • Economic development programs
  • Child care programs
  • School districts
  • Local government
  • City or county administrations

Individual child care programs are not eligible for this program as a stand-alone applicant, but may be a part of the team.

Dream Up! Kick-Off Webinar (hosted by DCF)

Monday, February 20 | 12-1 p.m. 

Join the Zoom Webinar HERE

Meeting ID: 899 3721 4116
Passcode: 487500
Phone: +1-470-250-9358

Tuesday Talks with DECE – Funding Opportunities: Dream Up! and Child Care Counts Program C (hosted by DCF)

Tuesday, February 21 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

See the Tuesday Talks webpage for more details. 

Dream Up! Informational Webinars (hosted by First Children’s Finance) 

Thursday, March 2 | 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.

More information coming soon.

Dream Up! Cohort 1 & 2 Awardees can be viewed HERE   

Additional Dream Up! resources available on the Department of Children and Families website HERE 


Partner Up! is a new grant program from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families’ Project Growth, Supporting Families Together Association, and Wisconsin’s nine CCR&Rs.


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