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Cortland County Gets Funds to Expand Early Learning Childcare

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Governor Cuomo yesterday announced funding for 39 projects fighting poverty in communities across Central NY, one of them right here in Cortland County.

Round two of the $30 million Alliance for Economic Inclusion initiative includes more than $600k for the Cortland County Stabilization and Expansion Program for Early Learning Childcare. (Year One budget: $280,659/Total budget: $629,889)

That program provides Child Development Associate (CDA) training and credentials to stabilize and expand the county’s early learning care system (birth through five years).

Estimates from 2018 show nearly 15 percent of Central New York residents currently live in poverty, which is right on par with numbers in Cortland County as well. Poverty rates are significantly higher in more populated areas like the City of Syracuse.

Founded in 2017, the AEI is comprised of a group of 24 community leaders from the five counties of Central New York who represent the region’s diversity of government, business and academia and work to address economic opportunities and challenges identified by the community.

Onondaga County administers the initiative with funding from the State, including more than $16 million to support projects in Round 2.

Funding comes from the CNY Rising Upstate Revitalization Initiative being run by the Regional Economic Development Council, which is tasked with addressing poverty in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oswego and Onondaga Counties.

“This administration has taken poverty head on and continues to make strategic investments across New York that are empowering our communities and creating economic opportunity,” Governor Cuomo said. “These projects will help remove barriers to success experienced by many of the most vulnerable New Yorkers and enable meaningful change, while continuing to build on the positive momentum that has Central New York rising.”

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