The Department of Workforce Services' Office of Child Care is offering grants to help child-care providers improve their programs.

Grants will be awarded in January 1999 following an application process administered by local child-care resource and referral agencies. Grants are limited to $1,000 for licensed child-care centers and $500 for licensed family and licensed family group providers.Pre-application conferences will be conducted through Saturday, Oct. 3, after which applications will be available. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, Oct. 30.