The Engineering Ceramics Division (ECD) is offering Childcare Grants for those attending the 48th International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC) held from January 28- February 2, 2024, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Grants of up to $400 will be given to selected registered meeting attendees who are bringing one or more young children to the conference or who incur extra expenses in leaving them at home (i.e., added hours of daycare or babysitting services).

Applicants must be preregistered for ICACC’24 to submit a grant application. Please note that only one grant per household will be given. Should the number of requests exceed available funding, preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate need and apply earlier in the process.

Allowable expenses include:

  • Daycare expenses during meeting week (off-site at meeting*)
  • Extra daycare expenses at home incurred because the primary caregiver was attending the meeting (e.g., overtime at a daycare center, cost of a sitter, etc.). A signed statement by caregiver, including the total amount paid per day, is required.
  • Expenses incurred in bringing a babysitter or family member acting as caregiver to the meeting to care for the child.

Not allowable:  Meeting attendee’s mileage and travel expenses to and from ICACC’24 or tickets to local museums, amusement parks, etc.

Application Guidelines

  • Grant applications are due by November 30, 2023.
  • Applicant must be registered for the meeting when submitting the application.
  • Upon approval of applications, recipients will be notified (on or before December 15, 2023). Approved recipients will be required to submit a list of expenses and scans of receipts showing the extra expenses incurred, no later than February 16, 2024. Please allow up to 6-8 weeks to receive your reimbursement.

Any questions or concerns can be sent to Karen McCurdy at

*Please note: There will be no ACerS-sponsored childcare services on-site at ICACC’24. ACerS does not sanction or recommend childcare providers and does not assume responsibility or liability for childcare services of any sort. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to thoroughly investigate all childcare providers. 

2024 The Engineering Ceramics Division Childcare Grant Initiative at ICACC Application

Meeting Preregistration at time of childcare application submission is REQUIRED.

Please provide full mailing address so that the grant bank check (pending grant approval and receiving expense receipts)can be mailed.
Career Status(Required)

Please select one
Funds may be applied to one or more of the following needs. Please check all that apply. In the text box below these choice, please indicate where child(ren) or child care provider will be traveling to or from.(Required)
I am presenting at ICACC: Yes or No
Please tell us how many children you have:
Please insert name above to confirm that you are pre-registered for ICACC as of the date that you submitted this application.