Child Care Grants

AAPT has small grants up to $400 available for AAPT national meeting attendees who are bringing small children to a national meeting or who incur extra expenses in leaving their children at home (i.e., extra daycare or babysitting services) in order to attend a national meeting.  In addition, small grants up to $400 are available to national meeting attendees who are responsible for dependent care (elderly parents, adult children with disabilities, etc) or need assistance at the meeting because of a disability.

Applications must be received by June 9, 2017 to be considered by the Child and Dependent Care Grant Selection Committee for a grant associated with the 2017 Summer Meeting. In the event that the number of requests for grants exceeds the funding available, preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers and to those whose participation in the meeting is critical to their professional development.  As a secondary criterion, preference will be given to applicants who explain clearly why a grant to support childcare, dependent care, or their own assistance is necessary. Furthermore, preference will be given to those who have not received funding within the last year. If you are interested in sharing childcare, please visit the day care share list form located on the particular AAPT national meeting website to connect with other parents.

Allowable Expenses

  1. Daycare expenses at the site of the meeting
  2. Extra daycare expenses at home incurred because the primary caregiver was attending the meeting (for example, overtime at a daycare center, cost of a sitter, etc.)
  3. Expenses incurred in bringing a babysitter (or family member acting as caregiver) to the meeting or to your home to care for the child or adult.
  4. Expenses incurred in bringing a child to a babysitter/family member. 
  5. Expenses incurred by the national meeting attendee with disabilities to bring a family member/caretaker to the meeting to assist attendee.

Not allowable:  Meeting attendee’s mileage and travel expenses to and from the AAPT meeting or tickets to local museums, amusement parks, etc.

Child Care Grant Selection Committee

Chair of the Area Committee on Women in Physics (or designee) - Chair
Chair of the Area Committee on Professional Concerns (or designee)
Chair of the Area Committee on Research in Physics Education (or designee)
AAPT Director of the Department of Programs and Conferences, ex officio
AAPT Executive Officer, ex officio 

Contact Information

Please contact AAPT Programs & Conferences:
Phone: 301.209.3340
Fax: 301.209.0845


Apply using the application form and email the form to 
Deadline for the 2017 Summer Meeting is June 9, 2017
Recipients will be notified upon approval of their application on or before June 19, 2017. Checks will be dispersed once the recipient confirms her/his contact information with the AAPT office.


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