$25M in funding for child care announced for Essential Workers


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Governor Cuomo announced that beginning today, June 23, 2021, there will be $25M in Child Care Scholarships available for essential workers.

The press release says:   “Child care costs will be covered for essential staff whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level (or $79,500 for a family of four) and will be paid up to market rate for each region statewide for children aged six weeks through 12 years. Families currently receiving child care scholarships under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act are strongly encouraged to also apply for this new funding opportunity. It is important to note that the CARES child care scholarships will end on June 28; those currently receiving CARES scholarships will need to reapply.”


Essential workers can use the funding to pay for their existing care arrangement, or for a new child care provider.

“We have been saying, we cannot have a successful re-opening without child care. This is a good step toward ensuring access to quality child care as our state opens and people get back to work. Providers, please let your essential workers families who may be struggling, know about this program.” said CSEA/VOICE Local President, Pam Wells.

For more information and where parents can apply for the fundingplease click here.