Enrollment is different than capacity. “Enrollment” is the number of children enrolled in the program at any given time. “Capacity” or “Licensed Capacity” is determined by the State of Alaska Childcare Office (CCPO) and is the number of children permitted to be present at any one time. The number of enrolled children may be greater than the licensed capacity due to part-time enrollments. The number may be smaller due to factors like staffing shortages, concerns about health and safety, etc.
The Phase 2 grand award is calculated using the CCPO licensed capacity. The application does not ask for this information from applicants, as it is provided directly from CCPO.
The application does ask for enrollment numbers, both current enrollment and desired. These questions serve a couple of purposes. First, this information is required by the federal grant guidance for COVID-19 Child Care Stabilization Grants. Second, this information helps thread and the CCPO understand trends in the child care field, such as under- or over-enrollment, and what current barriers may be to achieving desired enrollment.
Again, the questions in Part 2 of the Phase 2 application will not be used to calculate award amounts but provide important information for understand trends in the child care field.