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Federal CARES Act Funding Available for Child Care Providers

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Federal CARES Act Funding Available for Child Care Providers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program.

The funding available includes:
• $20 million to assist childcare program with reopening and expansion of capacity by providing materials to support a more socially distant model, and for supplies and activities associated with reopening and expansion. This may include partitions, short term rental of space, etc.

• $45 million in childcare Reopening and Expansion Incentive funds to pay for 50% of the cost of a newly opened classroom (maximum grant amount of $6,000) as an incentivize to open the classroom. The temporary funds will phase out over the second and third months as more parents bring their children back into childcare.

New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive and Temporary Operating Assistance Applications

  • The first attachment (OCFS 5450) is the application for licensed/registered child care programs
  • The second attachment (OCFS 5451) is the application for legally exempt programs
  • Both of these documents are posted on the OCFS website

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on July 15, 2020.

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