Yesterday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that eligibility for child care assistance is expanded to include families earning up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level, this is up from 200 percent. This expansion means that eligibility is available for an estimated 394,000 children within the state.
“As New York’s first Governor who is a mom, I know firsthand how important affordable child care can be for your future and your family,” Governor Hochul said. “By increasing the income threshold for child care assistance, we can relieve a crushing burden for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and, especially, working mothers. My administration has made historic investments in child care, and this statewide multi-media campaign is the latest crucial step we are taking to help ensure families receive the assistance they need and deserve.”
A family of four earning up to $83,250 will now be eligible for child care assistance, the previous threshold was only at $55,000 or less. The governor also stated all school-age child care programs and over 900 providers that have been licensed since January 1st of this year can apply for grants.