Home Based Child Care Center in NY

Refugee Family Child Care

Program Goal

The Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development Program provides business opportunities to refugee women in a market where there is a shortage of childcare providers. Through the grant, mentors will help refugee women establish agreements or contracts with state or county child care offices so they may qualify for state/county childcare reimbursement as childcare service providers, and become successful, independent entrepreneurs.

in FY2012, ORR increased funding to the program, raising it from $2.225 million to $5,752 million, and offering grants to a total of 34 agencies.

During the first year of the project, the original 13 grantees have collectively:

  • Enrolled 879 refugee women in the program;
  • Trained 745 refugees;
  • Helped 172 refugees obtain business licenses;
  • Assisted 160 refugees to start home.based child care programs 
  • Created 1,061 childcare slots for children;
  • Paid $249,000 in grants to partially cover business startup costs, and assisted the home.based child care owners to obtain an additional $208,000 in subsidies;
  • Helped 207 refugees find and secure jobs, and
  • Taken 79 refugees off public assistance.

Eligible Applicants
Public or private non.profit organizations are eligible for these grants.

Targeted Populations
Eligibility includes persons who meet all requirements of 45 CFR 400.43 (as amended by 65 FR 154009 (March 22, 2000).

All low.income refugees who are not citizens are eligible for services under this program. Women refugees who arrived in the U.S. within the last five years at the time of enrollment are given priority for services under this program.


Policy Information

  • 45 CFR 400.43
  • 65 FR 15409 (March 22, 2000)
  • 412 (c) (1) (A) of the Immigration and Nationality ACT (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1522 (c) (1) (A)

FY 2016 Grantees

GRANTEE NAME CITY STATE END DATE AMOUNT CONTACT
International Rescue Committee Phoenix AZ 9/29/2018 $187,500 Eric Heimbecker
4425 W Olive Ave #400
Glendale, AZ 85302
602-433-2440
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. Los Angeles CA 9/29/2016 $185,000

Brenda Thomas
1531 James M Wood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213-251-3464

Opening Doors, Inc Sacramento CA 9/29/2018 $187,500 Debra DeBondt
1111 Howe Ave STE 125
Sacramento, CA 95825
916-492-2591
Alliance for African Assistance San Diego CA 9/29/2016 $185,000 Walter Lam
5952 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
619-286-9052
International Rescue Committee San Diego CA 9/29/2018 $187,500 Rawan El-Halaby
5348 University Ave #205
San Diego, CA 92105
619-641-7510
Children's Forum Fort Lauderdale FL 9/29/2018 $175,000 Melissa Clements
2807 Remington Green Cir
Tallahassee, FL 32308
850-681-7002                           
Jannus Boise ID 9/29/2018 $187,500 Beth Geagan
1607 W Jefferson St
Boise, ID 83702
208-336-5533               
Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services Dearborn MI 9/29/16 $185,000 Hassan Bazzi
2651 Saulino Court Dearborn, MI 48120
313-842-7010
Bethany Christian Services of Michigan Grand Rapids MI 9/29/2016 $174,888 Kim Sturgeon
901 Eastern Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-224-7530
Think Small Saint Paul MN 9/29/2016 $185,000 Janet Bisbee
10 Yorkton Ct
Saint Paul, MN 55117
651-641-6676

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants        
Raleigh NC 9/29/2016 $185,000 Shatarra Gibson
5 W Hargett St
Raleigh, NC 27601
919-334-0072
Business Outreach Center Network, Inc. Brooklyn NY 9/29/2016 $175,000 Nancy Carin
85 S Oxford St FL 2
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-624-9115
Rochester Childfirst Network Rochester NY 6/29/2016 $185,639 Diana Webb
941 South Ave
Rochester, NY 14620
585-473-2858  
Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse Syracuse NY 9/29/2016 $170,000 Felicia Castricone
1654 West Onondaga St
Syracuse, NY 13204
315-424-1800
Economic and Community Development Institute Columbus OH 9/29/2016 $180,000 Inna Kinney
1655 Old Leonard Ave
Columbus, OH 43219
614-559-0115                                          
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Portland OR 9/29/2018 $187,500 Tina Do
10301 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97220
503-234-1541 x104
Alliance for Multicultural Community Services Houston TX 9/29/2018 $187,000 Miriam Diria
6440 Hillcroft St STE 411
Houston, TX 77081
713-776-4700             
Somali Bantu Community of Greater Houston Houston TX 9/29/2016 $185,000 Tara Thompson
6666 Harwin Dr STE 260
Houston, TX 77081
713-995-1070
Salt Lake County Salt Lake City UT 9/29/2016 $185,000 Ze Min Xiao
2001 S State St RM S2100
Salt Lake City, UT 84190
801-468-2953
Diocese of Olympia Seattle WA 9/29/2018 $187,364 Sumonnat Rattanakhom
1610 S King St
Seattle, WA 98144
206-323-3152


Contact Information

Ryan Foster
Division of Refugee Services
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
202.260.6949
ryan.foster@acf.hhs.gov