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Essential Workers Can Obtain Free Child Care Through State Scholarships

April 24th, 2020

Child Care Council Inc. to connect income-eligible workers with scholarships

During the COVID-19 crisis, income-eligible essential workers in Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties can apply to Child Care Council Inc. for scholarships to pay the full cost of child care.

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. Essential workers using a licensed or registered child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care while New York state is on PAUSE, as long as the funds to support it are available.

This child care funding allocation for essential workers comes to the state from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which has provided New York state with $163.6 million in emergency relief to the child care system. New York state is using a portion of this funding to provide free child care for eligible essential workers.

“Child Care Council applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration for developing a plan to provide child care to essential workers at no cost,” said Barbara-Ann Mattle, CEO, Child Care Council Inc. “Access to affordable, quality child care is a barrier for working parents during the best of times, and even more so during this crisis. The CARES Child Care Scholarship will ensure that children of the essential workforce are protected and cared for as they continue to serve the community.”

Eligible essential employees can apply for a scholarship by contacting Child Care Council at [email protected] or (585) 654-4720. Council staff will contact applicants within one to two business days to gather more information and help identify a participating child care program or work with their current registered or licensed child care provider. The Council will use the gathered information, including a signed verification letter from their employer, to establish that they are an essential employee, enroll them in the CARES Child Care Scholarship and ensure that the child care program gets paid.

Parents and providers also can access more details through the following links:

Parent Application: This informs parents that the application will be considered complete once the online application is finished and the required supplemental documentation is submitted to Child Care Council. It indicates that the scholarship is currently available through May 1, 2020, and/or as long as the funding remains to support the scholarship.

For parents that currently receive subsidy from DSS to pay for child care, this scholarship can cover the parent co-pay. Parents should apply for the CARES Act Scholarship, and then contact their local Department of Social Services to get a letter stating their current co-pay.

Provider Information Profile (PIP): This Program Information Profile at the link above is an application for providers to accept CARES Scholarship recipients and payments. After completion of this profile, providers will be contacted by Child Care Council with further information about how they can participate in the program.

Updated Monroe County Subsidy Policies

April 22nd, 2020

Here is updated information on Monroe County subsidy policies, from the County’s website:

Live Webinar on April 8: “Child Care Providers and Federal Assistance”

April 4th, 2020

New York State Office of Children and Family Services, in conjunction with the Civil Service Employees Association, will be hosting a live webinar on “Child Care Providers and Federal Assistance: Small Business Administration Loans and Loan Forgiveness” on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 7 p.m. The webinar features Tom Copeland, a leading expert on the business of child care.

This is a great opportunity for child care providers to gain valuable information regarding financial assistance available to them.

Register here

Attention Essential Businesses

April 2nd, 2020

Hundreds of child care programs remain open in Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties during the COVID-19 crisis.

During this difficult time, the Council can help your employees meet their child care needs – through free referrals to child care programs and guidance on how best to choose a program.

Call (585) 654-4720 for more details.

CDA Renewal Amnesty Extended

March 31st, 2020

The Council for Professional Recognition understands that the past few weeks have been challenging in the ECE community. You are on the frontline for executing best practices for safe and healthy learning environments during this recent health challenge. We thank you for your commitment to the community and want to provide you with ample time to renew your credential.

The Council is extending the Renewal Amnesty program to June 30th. Take time to join the thousands of Child Development Associates® who have taken advantage of this cost-effective method of recommitting to the field they love. If you are a CDA® credential holder with an expired credential as far back as January 1, 2010 you are eligible to participate.

Why Take Advantage of the CDA® Renewal Amnesty Program?

  • Opportunity for career advancement
  • Continued professional development
  • Reinforce your commitment to the early childhood profession
  • National recognition as a holder of the only competency-based early childhood credential
  • Cost effective renewal method: Renewal candidates pay only $125, a cost savings of $300 compared to the new candidate assessment fee of $425*.

*Note: Participants in the CDA Renewal Amnesty Program are required to apply online. No paper applications will be accepted for this program. In addition, if you have already mailed a new initial application because your credential expired, you must proceed with the initial application process.

Unemployment Compensation: The CARES Act

March 30th, 2020

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the Committee for Economic Development (CED) of The Conference Board worked together to produce a summary of the unemployment compensation provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) specifically for child care providers.

Unemployment Compensation Support for Child Care Providers

Federal law provides broad guidelines for states to administer unemployment compensation programs. This means that states individually determine eligibility, minimum and maximum benefits, and the duration of benefits. Most states pay benefits for up to 26 weeks, however, some states offer less.

View the full summary.

Emergency Meal Distribution Sites in Monroe County

March 26th, 2020

Below is a list of emergency meal distribution sites for youth across Monroe County. You can also view the list on the Monroe County Youth Bureau website.

Two Local Fresh Food Resources

March 26th, 2020

Flower City Produce Inc. is putting together a package deal that’s open to the public on a pre-order basis. A box costs $25 and comes with a mix of fresh fruits and veggies for you to choose from (see below).

Pick-up is Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Flower City Produce Inc. within the Public Market (20-22 Rochester Public Market). Curbside pickup can also be arranged. Call (585) 733-7044 to order.

Good Food Collective has opened up its wholesale to the public. You can order large (or small) quantities of local produce as well as meat, cheese, yogurt, etc. They also deliver or pick up. Visit the Collective’s website for more information.

List of Products For Use Against Coronavirus

March 24th, 2020

The American Chemistry Council’s Center for Biocide Chemistries has put together “a list of products that have been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens and can be used during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This product list is not exhaustive but can be used by business owners, health professionals, and the public to identify products suitable for use against COVID-19.”

The first product listed, Purell Foodservice Surface Sanitizer, has a low toxicity rating and is proven to be effective against enveloped and non-enveloped viruses. Follow the product’s label instructions for use.

Note: The SARS-CoV-2 virus is effectively removed with soap and water. That cleaning step is the most important step in decontaminating surfaces and hands. In sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces and using hand sanitizer, organic matter has to be removed first.

Free Online Books Available Through NYS Library and Monroe County Library System

March 21st, 2020

Free online books are available through the NYS Library and the Monroe County Library System.  Spectrum is offering free Wi-Fi so families with devices can connect.

– For people without library cards, they can apply for a digital card here: https://libraryweb.org/using_the_library/e-card-registration/

– Once they have their number, patrons can check out and place holds on ebooks, audios, and magazines.

NYS Library has shared that MyOn is also free during this crisis. To access: www.myon.com

Free access to Renaissance myON digital reading resources is available for students and families during the current school closures. Students who are not already reading with their own personalized accounts to the myON literacy environment can log in through a single, shared account to access this collection of curated resources.

What’s available:

– The myON digital library—which includes thousands of authentic digital books, fiction and nonfiction, covering a variety of topics and themes

– Five daily myON News articles—which are written for students by journalists and reviewed by a child psychologist for age appropriateness

These resources are available 24/7 and can be accessed on any digital device that is connected to the Internet. Books from the myON digital library can be downloaded onto mobile devices for offline reading.

How to log into myON:

1. Go to: www.myon.com and click the login button at the top of the screen

2. Enter the following information on the login page.

School name: New York Reads (begin typing and click on the school from the drop-down menu)

Username: read

Password: books