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Workforce Support Grant Updates

Cycle 3

Cycle 3 of the OKDHS Child Care Services Workforce Support Grant opens January 1, 2023 and runs through January 31, 2023. The grant is a one-time bonus for child care staff in Oklahoma. Because this is a one-time bonus, you should only apply for Cycle 3 if:

  1. You did not apply for Cycle 1 or 2  -OR-
  2. You have additional staff to apply for—new staff or staff who were not included on your Cycle 1 or 2 applications 

CECPD will be emailing detailed instructions for submitting spreadsheet information for Cycle 3 of the Workforce Support Grant very soon. If you have five or fewer names to enter, you can enter the information directly into the online form. If you have more than five staff to submit, please follow the instructions to download, complete, and upload the spreadsheet. CECPD will not be able to process bonus payments until this information is received.

You will also need to complete the online application for Cycle 3 on the Child Care Services grants website.

IMPORTANT! Please double check the information you are submitting to CECPD and in the online application. Incorrect Oklahoma Registry ID numbers, birthdates, and Social Security Numbers cause significant delays in processing payments. Also, be sure your staff check their personal Oklahoma Registry accounts to ensure their birthdate is correct and their Home Address is up to date. 

If you are not already signed up to receive updates from Child Care Services, we suggest you sign up for future newsletters and announcements at Oklahoma Department of Human Services (



What is it?  Bonuses for all child care staff (Staff must have a Registry ID)


When is it?  Launched July 5, 2022. Cycle 3 opens January 1, 2023. Cycle 4 opens April 1, 2023 (final cycle)



The Workforce Support Grant is available to child care employees working in a licensed or permitted program (Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes). 


Applying for the Workforce Support Grant is a 2-step process.
Step 1: Center director or family child care home provider applies online on the Child Care Services grant website (must include names of indiviual staff who are to receive payment).
Step 2:  Center director or family child care home provider submits required information to CECPD. 
Do you have some questions? Take a look at the FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions 

If I have questions on the Support Grant application process or eligibility, who do I contact?

If you have questions about the Workforce Support Grant, the online application process, or eligibility, please contact:
Grant Support - Child Care Services
Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Phone: 405-521-6177


If I have questions regarding the spreadsheet requested by CECPD, who do I contact?
If you have any questions regarding the information CECPD requested, please email us at
What happens after I apply for the bonus for my staff and myself?


After you complete the DHS application (and you are approved) and you send CECPD the information requested, payments for your staff can be processed. Processing will not begin until the current cycle ends. Payment is in the form of a debit card, which comes with detailed instructions. It will be sent to the Home Address listed on the recipient's Oklahoma Registry account.

The envelope will contain the following:
  • The debit card
  • Terms of Use
  • A pamphlet on how to use the card at ATMs and merchant locations.

You will activate your card and create a PIN   

Once the PIN is created the card is active and ready for use

Watch for a plain white window envelope with a return address from Illinois.

 Sample of the Debit Card


I don't want to use a debit card, now what?

If you do not want to use the debit card, please activate your card and create a PIN. 

  • you can go to your bank and transfer the money to any bank account
  • you can go to any TransFund ATM and cash out your card


If all of my information is up to date on the Registry, do I still have to fill out the spreadsheet?

We do still need the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet has some information we do not have access to that is needed to process your payment. In addition, we need to be sure your information is current and your name matches your tax information.
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