The Women’s Leadership Connection through United Way of Central Iowa is sponsoring grants to child care providers to increase their quality of child care. The "Reach for the Stars" grant is being implemented through an application process facilitated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Dallas County. Application forms are available to child care centers, preschools, and child development home providers located in Dallas County.

Guidelines for the grant consist of filling out an application and supplying documentation to ISU Extension to show provider’s commitment to participating in Quality Improvement initiatives through the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). Providers must be registered or licensed, actively working on increasing the quality of their program and make an action plan of steps they are working on to reach higher levels. Grants will be reviewed by a committee of early childhood professionals working in the county. Application deadline is Oct. 31. Awarded grants will be distributed in early 2014.

For more information and application deadline details, contact Myra Willms or Sara Deppe at ISU Extension & Outreach Office at 515-993-4281.