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Cares 3 Funding Available for Families

October 30th, 2020

Access to affordable and safe child care is a barrier for working parents during the best of times, and even more so during a crisis. The CARES Child Care Scholarship will ensure that the children are protected and cared for as they continue to serve the public.

Parent Application:

English Program Information Profile:  https://forms.gle/RmVMXXcfZK1vVGCL9

Spanish Program Information Profile: https://forms.gle/4S1zcZodQLJSCH7V7

Chinese Program Information Profile: https://forms.gle/jfeuVSbZUtQFRRQGA

COVID-19 Resource Kit

October 16th, 2020

The NYS Department of Health has released their Pre-K-12 COVID-19 toolkit. This will help parents and school staff know how to handle potential illness.

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/10/prek-gr12_toolkit.pdf

CARES 3 Reopening/Restructuring for Remote Learning and Temporary Operating Grant

October 1st, 2020
Application

Twenty million dollars is allocated to provide grants for closed child care programs to reopen or restructure under new guidelines for social distancing. This may cover partitions, technology to support remote learning, broadband access, and cleaning and classroom supplies. An additional $28.6 million will provide grants for child day care providers to pay for half of the cost (up to $6,000) to re-open up to three classrooms in an effort to restore pre-pandemic enrollment. Temporary operating funds are phased out in the second and third months as the program’s enrollment increases.

LICENSED AND REGISTERED CHILD CARE PROGRAMS may apply for a Reopening/Restructuring for Remote Learning Grant.

LEGALLY EXEMPT CHILD CARE PROGRAMS may apply for a Reopening/Restructuring for Remote Learning Grant. These programs are ONLY eligible for cleaning and classroom supplies.

Instruction Video

This instructional video provides a step by step walk through of the process for completing the Reopening/Restructuring for Remote Learning and Temporary Operating Grant Applications. This video is for both licensed and registered and legally exempt programs.

For more information, click here.

Welcome Back!

August 11th, 2020

Dear providers,

I hope this email finds you well. I would also like to thank you for your commitment and perseverance in the last few months. Child Care Council is happy to announce we are starting to open to the community again. In September we are starting our classes, also we will start to see people in person for appointments. Classes will be scheduled and controlled and appointments will be limited and spaced out to ensure social distancing. I have attached a few guidelines for when you come into the building. Child Care Council will not allow anyone into the building unless they have an appointment and following protocol guidelines. As with all things these guidelines will be modified as things change with the virus. We will keep you posted on any changes.

Child Care Council is determined to get back to seeing each of you. To do this we need to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or at 585-654-4727. 

Hope to see you all soon.

Sincerely,

Jeff Pier

Federal CARES Act Funding Available for Child Care Providers

June 26th, 2020

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.

Guidance Documents for Child Care

June 10th, 2020

The Child Care Council, Inc. would like to share these important guidance documents created and circulated by the Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.  If we all do our part and follow these guidelines and safety requirements we will help mitigate the spread of COVID19 and other illnesses and communicable diseases.

“INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR CHILD CARE AND DAY CAMP PROGRAMS DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY”:  Lists recommendations and requirements based on DOH & CDC guidelines.  Also includes an AFFIRMATION page you need to sign off on stating you have read and understand the NYS guidance. https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Child_Care_Daycamps_Detailed_Guidelines.pdf

“Reopening New York, Child Care and Day Camp Program Guidelines” – This is a summary page of all of the CDC and DOH guidelines that are Mandatory VS Best Practice.  Very easy to read and understand. https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/news/2020/COVID-2020Jun08-Day-Camp-Summary.pdf

“NY FORWARD SAFETY PLAN TEMPLATE” – All programs of every modality are required to complete and fill out a SAFETY PLAN for their program.  This does not need to be approved by your local or state registration or licensing agency.  However, it needs to be posted in your program. https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/news/2020/COVID-2020Jun08-Guidance-Reopening-Plan-Template.pdf

All programs are also required to post DOH/CDC COVID19 signage around their program space as per the guidance below:

• Responsible Parties must post signs throughout the site, consistent with DOH COVID-19 signage. Responsible Parties can develop their own customized signage specific to their workplace or setting, provided that such signage is consistent with the Department’s signage. Signage should be used to remind individuals to:

o Cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering.

o Properly store and, when necessary, discard PPE.

o Adhere to physical distancing instructions.

o Report symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19, and how they should do so.

o Follow hand hygiene and cleaning and disinfection guidelines.

o Follow appropriate respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.

Here is a link to the CDC website where you can find and print appropriate signage to place around your program space:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/print-resources.html?Sort=Date%3A%3Adesc

Also reminding you that you must keep a “DEEP CLEANING” log to document and record how you are cleaning and disinfecting effectively throughout the course of the day.  This should include sanitizing and disinfecting frequently used surfaces and areas such as doorknobs, countertops, play areas, and the bathroom.

OCFS did not come up with these rules, these are EXECUTIVE ORDERS from the GOVERNOR of NY and they must be followed.  All providers are required to wear face coverings at all times they are caring for children.  Refusal to follow these rules would be placing others at risk and your program out of compliance. 

Thank you for your continued efforts and support throughout this challenging time

New York Forward Program Loans Available

June 7th, 2020

New York Forward: Child Care Programs with fewer than 20 employees, and who did not receive funds through the Small Business Administration Loan Programs or Paycheck Protection Programs are eligible to apply for a loan through the New York Forward program.

More information and how to apply is available here.

Employer Verification Letters Required for Essential Workers to Obtain Free Child Care Scholarships

June 5th, 2020

Essential workers who are eligible for free child care scholarships must get a letter verifying their employment, but that is not happening as quickly as needed.

Child Care Council Inc., a nonprofit administering the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Child Care Scholarships in Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties, called on area employers to return the signed letters as soon as possible, to expedite the process. The pre-written letter requires an employer to simply fill in their company name, employee name, signature and date.

The Council uses the signed verification letter and other information to establish that an individual is an essential employee. Council staff also works with applicants to help identify a participating child care program or with their current registered or licensed child care provider. Eligible essential employees can apply for a scholarship by contacting Child Care Council at [email protected] or (585) 654-4720.

“During this health crisis, essential employees are doing a tremendous service to our community and often times putting their lives at risk,” said Barbara-Ann Mattle, CEO, Child Care Council Inc. “The CARES Child Care Scholarship will ensure that their children are cared for while they are at work. We just need employers to sign and return a brief letter to verify their employment.”

To qualify, families of eligible workers must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level, which amounts to an annual income of $78,600 for a family of four. New York state is using a portion of federal CARES Act funding to provide free child care for eligible essential workers.

Society Can Learn Much from Child Care Environments When it Comes to Racial Harmony

June 3rd, 2020

Child care is a place of innocence, learning and development – as well as racial harmony. Children of all colors and backgrounds play together, learn together and make friendships. They don’t pay attention to skin color.

Unfortunately, somehow that racial harmony and innocence too often gets lost among adults. The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis is the latest in a long line of horrific examples of the racism and dehumanization of people of color that exist in our country.

Child Care Council stands against racism and racial inequality, and we very much believe that Black Lives Matter. Among our core values is the statement that, “We celebrate diversity.” We remain committed to this value, and, during this tragic time, we want to express our strong support for black children and black families in our community.

In his “I Have a Dream Speech,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

Nearly 60 years later, we still are far from making Dr. King’s dream a reality. However, perhaps our nation can get there someday by looking at the world through a child’s eyes and by learning from the child care environment. We hope that the day will come soon when our society as a whole can be like the child care classroom, where people of all colors live, work and play together, equally and in harmony.

– Barbara-Ann Mattle, CEO
Child Care Council Inc.

Resources:
• Learn about Black Lives Matter at
• Donate to the George Floyd Memorial Fund

Child Care Council Names Jeffrey Pier Executive Director

May 22nd, 2020

Pier succeeds CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle, who is retiring

ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 22, 2020 – Jeffrey Pier has been named Child Care Council Inc.’s new executive director. He starts his new role on June 26.

Pier comes to Child Care Council after serving as executive director of The Healing Connection, an eating-disorder treatment program for adolescents and adults. He takes over leadership of the nonprofit agency from CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle, who is retiring effective June 30. Mattle worked to support child care development and to enhance the quality of child care, both locally and nationally, for more than 35 years.

“I look forward to the wonderful opportunity to build on the success of Barbara-Ann Mattle and the Council staff in their efforts to improve access to quality child care,” Jeffrey Pier said. “I firmly believe we can be successful through team-building and collaboration, and I will bring my passion for program development, staff collaboration and client-centered services to help meet the child care needs of our community.”

“I am extremely proud of my more than three decades of work to improve and support the development of high-quality child care programs in New York state,” Barbara-Ann Mattle said. “I want to thank the Council board of directors, leadership team and staff for their amazing work and support over the years to connect families with quality child care. I know that I am leaving the Council in great hands with Jeff Pier.”

Jeffrey Pier has years of experience working with people who have suffered through trauma, and he has seen firsthand trauma’s impact on their health and on their feelings of self-worth. Prior to leading The Healing Connection, Pier served as director of programs and services at Willow Domestic Violence Center, as regional director for the Rape Crisis Program at Planned Parenthood of Western New York – RESTORE and as program manager at St. Joseph’s Villa. A resident of Chili, Pier earned a master’s degree in public administration from Walden University and a bachelor’s degree in human service from Empire State College.

Child Care Council has an annual budget of more than $7 million, and it employs more than 50 people. The nonprofit has three offices in Rochester, Lakeville and Newark.