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CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, January 8 - Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 15 Family & Workplace Connection offers grants to child care providers The Family & Workplace Connection is looking to award grants to Delaware child care providers to increase the supply of safe, healthy, quality child care where shortages exist. The grants are available through the Delaware Child Care Capacity- Building Program. Delaware Health and Social Services contracts with The Family & Workplace Connection (FWC) to manage the program, which seeks to increase the avail- ability of school-age care, infant and toddler care, care for children with disabilities, care during non- traditional hours and care for mildly ill children. Funds come from the federal Child Care Development Fund. Providers interested in obtaining grants during the next funding round must submit a proposal by Monday, Jan. 28. The Family & Workplace Connection will award grants to child care providers who meet the criteria for expanding, enhancing or creating programs to fill identi- fied gaps. Approximately 25 per- cent of grant funds are available for incentive grants to help increase the quality of existing programs. The remaining 75 per- cent is designated for competitive grants to assist providers with start-up expenses and first-year operating costs related to expan- sion. The competitive grants are available through a Request for Proposal process, in which child care providers will detail their capacity-building plans. Providers will be able to use funds for train- ing, staff-related expenses and for the purchase of equipment and supplies. Providers who are inter- ested in applying can call 302- 479-1699 or visit The Family & Workplace Connection's website at http://www.familyandwork- city.asp. The capacity-building program has been in existence since late 1997. Since the program's incep- tion, FWC has awarded more than $1,035,543 to 407 programs. More than 5,500 new child care slots were created, including about 1,330 for infants/toddlers, 2,626 for school-agers and 142 for children with disabilities. In addi- tion, 79 programs began offering care during non-traditional hours. All provide services to low- income children. Other aspects of the program include mentoring, training, com- munity resource linkages and a data collection plan to identify existing gaps and track successful initiatives. The mission of The Family & Workplace Connection is to enhance the supply and quality of care and education for children and elders and to help families effectively manage their work and personal life responsibilities. Roots Continued from page 14 for his marriage. Both say that they are truly family. The chief scientific advisor to the German government, Kurth holds the highest medical post in German public health, is the head of the German equivalent to the FDA and is president of the Robert Koch Institute. He visits Virginia as often as he can. "My American mom is an incredible person. I love her very much. She is a marvelous mother and keeps everyone together," he said. Kurth has enjoyed watching Lewes grow and change over the years. "Lewes is still unique," he said, but he is glad to see the town attract the kinds of tourists who like small-town charm. Contact Leah Hoenen at leah @ capeg azette, com. Submitted photo Republicans donate to Casa Eastern Sussex Republican Club President Mary Spicer presented checks to Bill Post, Casa San Francisco case man- ager, as a donation from the club for the Christmas season. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, at Casa DiLeo, Rehoboth Avenue Ext. The speaker will be Christine O'Donnell, candidate for U.S. Senate. Reservations and menu selection must be made by calling Spicer at 645- 7767. r JNVEST IN WITH VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOWS! ATLANTIC fI[NDOWORKS, LLC. (302) 645-5701 *Reslrictkx apply. Contact  Homes for delails. Limited tinle offer sul Io change wilhout noe. Equal H(xng Cnity.