Franklin County RISE:

Child Care Programs

Financial Assistance for Child Care Providers

We are excited to provide Franklin County child care providers with the tools to strengthen their programs and continue providing exceptional child care.

Thank you for your interest and for taking the time to apply for a Franklin County RISE Child Care Scholarship. Due to the overwhelming response and success of this program, we have reached our current program capacity, and scholarship applications are now closed.

If you have already submitted an application, please know that your application is very important to us, and we will maintain it in the order in which it was received. If additional scholarship funding becomes available, we will contact your family and childcare provider to process your application.

We recognize how disappointing this news may be and are thankful for your understanding and patience with Franklin County RISE. We aim to support as many families as possible, and remain committed to exploring every avenue to improve access to quality childcare for our children and strengthen the entire early childcare system.

If you have not already, please consider exploring the additional resources available via our Franklin County RISE partners Future Ready Five for Kindergarten Readiness support and Action for Children for Family and Parent Support Programs.


Child Care Scholarships

Enroll more children by helping families apply for child care scholarships of up to $9,000. Family Child Care programs may apply for up to six scholarships on behalf of families with children birth to kindergarten and Child Care Centers may apply for up to ten scholarships on behalf of families with children birth to kindergarten.

For Current Franklin County RISE Families: If you have a child who is currently receiving scholarship payments, applications will not be accepted until within 60 days of a scholarship ending.  If you have questions about when the window begins, please contact



Through this program, licensed child care providers located in Franklin County that meet the requirements of the individual incentive awards can receive additional funding to support and grow their programs. This program will benefit providers by offering:

  1. Licensed programs that adjust their hours to begin offering and serving children during nontraditional hours (6pm-6am or weekends) on or after December 1, 2023 (or until funds are spent) are eligible for this one-time payment of $5,000 for FCCs, and $10,000 for centers.


    If a program offered nontraditional hours prior to December 1, 2023, they are not eligible.

    To qualify, a program must also demonstrate service during their 30 days of attendance and may be asked to show additional attendance beyond the 30 days.

    Attendance records must show:

    1. 4 days in 30 where children are served a minimum of 6 hours overnight or on the weekend OR
    2. 3 days a week for a minimum of two hours each day where children are served 6pm – 6am



    Nontraditional Hours


  2. A one-time payment of $2,500 for FCCs, and $5,000 for centers for supporting low-income families through entering into a new PFCC agreement December 1, 2023 – November 30, 2024

    New PFCC


  3. A one time payment of $10,500 for FCCs and $21,000 for centers that increase their SUTQ by at least one star between December 1, 2023 – November 30, 2024.

    Increase in SUTQ


Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA)

Franklin County RISE also establishes a dedicated $500,000 Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) fund for child care staff, with an average of $3,000 in rental assistance payments per household.


About Franklin County RISE

Franklin County RISE is funded by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and administered by Future Ready Five and Action for Children. If you are in need of interpreting services, please contact us at to schedule a time.