A total of $70 million in grants is available to help address child care gaps in some areas.
The New York State Office of Child and Family Services announced that the funding is for new licensed, registered, or licensed child care programs “in less provisioned, known as childcare deserts,” according to a press release.
The funds, part of a $100 million child care initiative in the budget passed in 2021, are being made available through the US federal bailout law. The Invest in NY Child Care grant program will be administered by the Office of Child and Family Services.
Almost the entire Cayuga County area is considered a child care “wilderness” based on the rate of children per available slots. The grants are intended to help new child care providers create programs, as well as recruit, retain and train people to meet labor demands, according to the release.
Uses of grant funding include supporting start-up expenses, general child care expenses, staff costs, and staff costs for access to COVID-19 vaccines. Before potential suppliers can apply for a grant, applicants must have submitted their license application.
Suppliers can apply for funding from ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/deserts/. The websites indicate that application submissions should begin in April. People are encouraged to visit the website closer to this month and complete the provider orientation and request an application.
Those who need help starting child care programs are asked to contact their county Child and Family Services office or contact Joshua King, Child Care Solutions Regional Business Advisor, who can help them with the licensing process. King can be reached by phone at (315) 446-1220, ext. 332, or by email at email@example.com.
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