Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that, starting on Tuesday, applications will be accepted for $343 million in federal funding that will directly benefit child care providers and continue to help stabilize the industry.
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is administering the funds.
“This second round of stabilization funding represents an important opportunity and investment to help further stabilize the child care sector with specific investments in the workforce supports,” said Gov. Hochul. “These new grants for child care providers will strengthen their infrastructure and support their workforce, who have been and continue to be critical to supporting our children.”
Eligible providers must be OCFS-licensed or -registered child care programs, New York City- permitted group day cares or enrolled legally exempt group child care programs (enrolled with an enrollment agency).
There will be two application windows depending on the provider type: Jul. 5 for those who received the first round of Stabilization Grants and Aug. 22 for all school-age child care programs and new providers who were licensed after the first round of Stabilization Grants were launched.
To support the child care workforce and to assist with recruitment and retention efforts, at least 75 percent of this funding must be used for the following, among additional items: Bonuses or increases in wages; contributions towards health insurance costs that reduce these costs for staff; contributions to staff retirement plans that supplement any employer contribution; supplemental educational advancement or tuition reimbursement; and mental health supports and services for staff.
Hochul said the remaining 25 percent can be used on other eligible expenses.
“OCFS continues to hear child care providers loud and clear,” said OCFS Commissioner Sheila J. Poole. “We are honored to administer this funding that is focused on the child care industry’s workforce.
“These workers do some of the most challenging and important work in our communities, and these supports are long overdue,” she added.
To streamline and simplify the application process, providers will apply through a single online application.
Technical assistance support will be available by Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to help child care providers complete the online application.
Providers are encouraged to review the Statement of Grant Interest carefully for more details on eligibility.
Applications is available July 5 through Nov. 30, 2022.