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Child Care Quality Improvement - Professional Development Scholarship

The After-School Achievement Program (ASAP), is pleased to announce an opportunity to provide a limited number of Houston area child care practitioners a Professional Development Scholarship to attend at least one or all three of the following conferences:  
  • Beyond School Hours Conference: February 26-29, 2020, Orlando, FL
  • National Afterschool Association Convention: March 15-18, 2020, Washington, DC
  • Best Out Of School Time Conference (BOOST): April 28 - May 1, 2020, Palms Springs, CA
  The goal of this scholarship is to help child-care practitioners who would not otherwise have the resources available to gain access to the latest national trends, policies impacting the afterschool field, network with other practitioners and gather information on developing best practices in building quality afterschool programs in licensed child care facilities.   Eligibility:  
  • The Professional Development Scholarship is made available only to Child Care Directors managing licensed child care programs in the Houston area.
  • ASAP will accept only two (2) applications per site.
  • Applicant must have an existing afterschool program; serving youth ages 5 – 13.
  • Applicant child care license must be in good standing with the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (TDFPS).  ASAP will not accept licenses that are currently in probation status.
  • Applicant must be available to attend the entire conference, and register for the Site Visits provided as part of the conference to local schools/programs scheduled.
  • This is a reimbursement scholarship; thus applicants must have the initial resources to cover the cost and submit an expense reconciliation report to the ASAP office no later than 10- working days returning from the conference.
  • Deadline date to submit invoice expense reconciliation report for each conference is as follows:
    • March 13, 2020 – Beyond Schools Hours Conference
    • April 3, 2020 – National Afterschool Association Convention
    • May 15, 2020 – Best Out Of School Time (BOOST) Conference. 
  Failure to meet the deadline date will result in non-payment of expenses.  NO EXCEPTIONS.   Application Process:
  • Applicants may request a scholarship in the amount not to exceed $2,000 per conference.  Funds will support travel costs, lodging, meals (not to exceed GSA daily per diem) and conference fees only.
    • For Example:
      • 1 child care staff x $2,000 x 3 conferences = $6,000
      • 2 child care staff x $2,000 x 3 conferences = $12,000
o   Lodging and meals must fall in alignment with the General Services Administration (GSA) daily per diem.  A current schedule can be found at http://www.gsa.gov.  Justification of expenses exceeding the daily per diem rates must be submitted in writing.  
  • To apply, Child Care Director must complete and submit the following items in its entirety.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted:
 
    • Application Information Form
    • Scholarship Narrative (not to exceed 1 page in length)
    • Deadline date for submittal: Wednesday January 22, 2020
 
  • Applicants package must be submitted to the ASAP office located at 6200 Wheeler, Bldg. 3, Houston, TX  77023.  Package must be clearly labeled “ASAP Child Care Quality Improvement - Professional Development Scholarship”
  • Applicants will be notified of scholarship opportunity within 10 working days of receipt of the application.  If your organization is currently not a vendor with the City of Houston prior to accepting the scholarship you must sign up as a City of Houston Vendor online at   http://purchasing.houstontx.gov/index.shtml
  For more information: Please contact Twonda Thompson at Twonda.Thompson@houstontx.gov or 832-395-7244.    

Click HERE to download the application