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NYS gets CARES Act funding to restore child care

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Governor Cuomo yesterday announced another $65 million in federal CARES Act funding available for child care providers statewide through the NY Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program.

Available funding includes $20 million to assist child care programs with reopening and expanding under a more socially distant model, which may include partitions, short term rental spaces and other solutions.

Another $45 million is available to pay for half the cost of a newly opened classroom with a maximum grant amount of $6k as an incentive to open the classroom.

Temporary funds will phase out over the second and third months as more parents bring their children back into childcare.

“As we move further into the reopening and more parents go back to work, we’re also making sure child care programs across the state have the support they need to reopen safely,” Governor Cuomo said. “By providing support for expanded classrooms that allow for more social distancing and other resources, we can help keep staff and children safe.”

To be eligible for reopening funds, child care programs must have either been closed as of June 15 and have a plan to reopen within two weeks of applying or currently operating below their licensed capacity and would like to expand.

The grants will be pro-rated as programs reach capacity. Programs must submit a detailed plan for use of funds and must remain open at least through the end of the year.

The maximum awards for the $20 million in Reopening and Restructuring Incentives depend on the size of the program and range from $300 to $1,600 one-time grants.

Child care programs may apply to OCFS through July 15.

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