Additional Funding Will Fund Approximately 2,500 New Child Care Slots Statewide
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the award of $20 million in federal funding to expand the Child Care Assistance program in New York State. Seventeen localities across the state successfully applied for the funding to reduce or eliminate wait lists for subsidized child care or to fund innovative child care programming that will expand available child care slots. The funding, administered by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, is for child care services provided from now through September of 2021.
This allocation of funding for child care builds upon Governor Cuomo's record of historic investment of more than $800 million to help low-income New Yorkers access high-quality, affordable child care.
"No family should have to choose between working or having quality child care and no employer should lose workforce productivity due to a lack of affordable child care," Governor Cuomo said. "Investing in child care subsidies helps low-income families access regulated child care so they can go to their jobs knowing that their children are well cared for. Child care is as essential to our state's economy as it is to parents' peace of mind."
Governor Cuomo created the Child Care Availability Task Force to examine innovative approaches to affordability and access to child care.
"I know how important affordable, reliable child care is for a woman who is trying to advance in the workplace but needs to know her children are in a safe, educational and nurturing environment," Lieutenant Governor and Co-Chair of the NYS Child Care Availability Task Force Kathy Hochul said. "Expanding the number of subsidized child care slots will increase employment opportunities for low-income families throughout the state."
OCFS Commissioner and Co-Chair of the NYS Child Care Availability Task Force Sheila J. Poole said, "Quality, affordable child care should never be a barrier for families participating in the workforce. This funding will further our goal of increasing available subsidized child care in high-need communities in all regions of our state."
The localities receiving the awards and the amounts are as follows:
County or Local Social Service District
Administration for Children's Services - New York City