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Resources for Child Care Businesses

Child care plays a vital role in the local economy. We recognize the challenges facing child care business owners, especially as a result of the pandemic. There are a variety of resources to stabilize and strengthen child care businesses in the City of Pittsburgh.

Childcare Reinvestment Business Fund (CRiB)

The Childcare Reinvestment Business Fund (CRiB) is a forgivable loan pilot program designed to sustain and stimulate the growth of new and existing child care businesses in the City of Pittsburgh.

Loan Info: 

  • Minimum loan amount of $5,000. Maximum loan amount of $20,000 or 90% of total project costs
  • Borrowers who complete sponsored additional training through Chatham University are eligible for an additional $5,000
  • Within three years, borrowers can request to have the loan 100% forgiven
  • Loans are subject to funding availability


There is a $50 application fee. Upon loan closing, a 4% administrative fee will be retained. 

Next steps:

  • Review detailed guidelines
  • Gather W-9 tax return/financial documentation
  • Submit completed application

Email or call 412-255-6547 with questions.

Technical assistance is available for: 

  • Application assistance
  • Credit counseling
  • Continuing education for child care business owners/directors

This fund can be used for:

  • Working capital
  • Payroll
  • Enrollment scholarships
  • Equipment
  • Software
  • Supplies
  • Leasehold improvements
  • Staff education

Preference will be given to minority-led businesses and non-profits, entities that enroll a significant percentage of children receiving subsidies, and applicants that demonstrate financial need.

More information can be found on our dedicated Invest PGH page.

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