Promoting high quality early childhood education for low-income children.

GuidelinesHow to Apply
The Early Childhood Education Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP) provides multi-year, capacity-building support to early childhood education agencies, helping them to work with the staff and families to create long-lasting, sustainable quality improvements that directly benefit low-income children between the ages of birth to five.

Early childhood centers must respond to a shifting array of needs and offer services that encompass entire families. With the number of demands put on child care centers, the ability to have funds marked for quality rather than "putting out fires" is important. EQUIP grants help to address this need for quality early childhood education.

EQUIP provides resources that allow centers to address specific issues of importance to them and to work intensively on adding quality components to their programs. Example program areas include pre-literacy, behavior management, parent engagement, and arts education.

All projects, regardless of the specific focus, promote the overall well-being of children by encouraging a love of learning and healthy physical and mental development.

To learn more about the impact and outcomes of EQUIP, CLICK HERE to read the results of the 2014-2017 EQUIP Evaluation.

EQUIP 2020

2020 Guidelines Available Soon, Application Due May 29 at 5:00p

See below for guidelines and applications.  Please read the guidelines carefully as there are changes from previous years. If you are a new applicant, please download the First-Year Application, if you are a current grantee and would like to apply for a renewal grant, please download the Renewal Application.

To request the application as a word document, please email Shilpa Baviaktte, EQUIP program officer, at

Please read our guidelines and, if eligible, submit an application.
2020 GuidelinesFirst-Year ApplicationRenewal Application