Nebraska Child Care Provider Relief Fund

Due to the generous support provided by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, we are pleased to announce formation of the Nebraska Child Care Provider Relief Fund. Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (NCFF) and Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative (NECC) worked together to establish this fund to provide Nebraska-licensed child care programs with a one-time immediate award to ensure the continuity of child care operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The relief fund will award emergency funds to Nebraska licensed family and center-based child care programs that are open and currently serving families in areas of the state that have partnering relationships with NCFF or NECC initiatives. Together, our goal is to recognize the essential role child care professionals play in helping communities weather this crisis and to ease the burden so providers can focus on caring for children and families.

Funds, based on availability, will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 (one thousand dollars) per applicant. The applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs that are serving children of essential workers and/or accept subsidy will be prioritized in the selection process. We will continue to review applications if, at some point, additional funds become available.    


How to Apply

If you are in Dodge or Douglas counties, apply here:

If you are in any other Nebraska county, apply here:

Consideration for funding will begin Wednesday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. MDT/7:30 p.m. CDT on a first-come, first-served basis.

En Español

Instrucciones para solicitar en Español para los condados de Dodge y Douglas

Instrucciones para solicitar en Español en cualquier condado, excepto Dodge o Douglas


If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Marti Beard, with NCFF, at or Shannon Cotsoradis, with NECC, at

Applicants receiving funds will be notified via email with instructions on how to obtain the funds.   

We appreciate this is a difficult time for child care providers and the children and families you serve.  We hope these funds will provide some immediate relief until other federal and state resources become available.   

Posted April 07, 2020 in General
Joann nemechek
April 08, 2020

this really is not fair to providers who have shut down temporarily for the safety of the children and themselves.  They lose paychecks and food program cks.

Carol J Finley
April 08, 2020

It’s nice that someone cares for the daycare workers and owners, it’s not a very profitable business in the rural communities!!

April 09, 2020

Very interesting info

Raenae Rollins
April 15, 2020

Thank you,  thank you,  thank you!

Freedom Augustin
April 15, 2020

I live on a small town I stay open for the few days teachers have to report in I’m only getting part of my income, and I got refused the grant but I know daycares that are full with their normal number of kids and they get the funds. Not to be that persone but this is not at all fair. I’m bearly surviving and get nothing people that are making the same as they always do get the grant where’s the sense in that

Dianne Pruett
April 16, 2020

I would like you apply for the grant for daycares

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