Governor Hochul Announces Applications Now Open for $30 Million in Federal Funding to Address Child Care Deserts

Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that $30 million in additional federal grants will be available effective June 30, 2022, to existing child care programs in areas of the state without sufficient child care services, known as child care deserts. The funds, which are part of the $100 million Desert Child Care Initiative approved in the approved 2022 Budget, are made available through the American Rescue Plan Act and will be administered by New York State Office of Child and Family Services. The governor announced previous funding of $70 million for new vendors on April 11, and more than 1,100 applications have been submitted to date.

“As a mother who had no choice but to quit her job due to the lack of accessible child care, increasing the availability of child care for working families in New York is an effort that is deeply personal to me”, Governor Hochul said. “All parents deserve access to high-quality childcare, no matter where they live, and this funding will help address critical childcare shortages in underserved areas. My administration will continue to prioritize this essential lifeline for working families as part of our overall economic recovery efforts.”

The grants will help existing child care providers in underserved areas, and the Request for Applications (RFA) will have two parts. The first focuses on expanding child care services in existing child care centers and school-age child care programs, with additional funding for specifically designated infant/toddler and/or child care slots. or children with special needs. The second part of the RFA focuses on expanding specific types of child care into existing small child care centres, home child care programs, and home child care programs group – whose current enrollment is under capacity – specifically for infants/toddlers or children with special needs, or if the program wishes to expand to include non-traditional hours.

Eligible expenses include program development costs and short-term program operating expenses, including:

  • Personnel costs, including payroll, salaries, similar employee compensation, benefits, pension costs and training costs;
  • Support for staff costs for access to COVID-19 vaccines;
  • Rent or payment on any mortgage and utilities; and
  • Training and technical assistance expenses, including professional development, sales training and business services

Suppliers can click here for more information on the FRG. Grant applications will begin to be accepted on June 30, 2022 and will be accepted until August 4, 2022, with award announcements scheduled for September.

The fiscal year 2023 budget includes a historic investment to expand access to high-quality child care to support children and families and help spur New State’s continued economic recovery. York. It includes an unprecedented investment of $7 billion over four years and raises the income eligibility threshold for child care subsidies in August 2022 to 300% of the federal poverty level ($83,250 for a family of four people) – extending eligibility to more than half of New York State. young children.

Office of Child and Family Services Commissioner Sheila J. Poole said: “These grants further support our existing base of child care providers, who are the backbone of the industry, by providing them with the funding needed to expand their service footprint and increase access for families with infants, toddlers and children with special needs, and those who require coverage during non-traditional hours.”

Senator Charles Schumer said: “Affordable child care is a right and is essential to our economic recovery. That’s why when I wrote the US bailout, I made sure to include strong funding to not only help our daycare and child care programs to survive, but also to invest in filling the gaps in our rural and underserved communities that need child care the most. Now $30 million in federal funding dollars I got will go straight to eliminating child care, creating jobs, and actually helping parents and kids in trouble.

Representative Jamaal Bowman said: “I’m thrilled to see that the US bailout funding I worked for in Congress is going toward child care, which is essential for our youngest learners at a time of brain and physical development. These An additional $30 million will go a long way to supporting working children and families. I’m proud to see critical US bailout funds being used to support our young people and I look forward to supporting our young people through more pressure and federal dollars.

Representative Adriano Espaillat said: “Childcare is essential, especially our family providers who have been essential during the height of COVID-19. If families are serious about recovering from the impact of the pandemic, they need our commitment and support along this journey. I commend Governor Hochul for allocating this federal funding to expand child care programs to help support the families most in need and encourage all eligible providers to apply and take full advantage of this funding opportunity. to create programs to meet the needs of more families in the state. »

Representative Joe Morelle said: “New Yorkers spend more than 23% of their income on childcare costs, which places a huge financial and emotional burden on parents, and that needs to change. Providing affordable, quality care will help our children succeed from an early age. I am proud to have provided this funding through the American Resue Plan, and grateful to work with Governor Hochul to meet the needs of working families. »

Early Care and Learning Council Executive Director Meredith Chimento said: “Early Care and Learning Council and our network of Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies are very pleased to see this additional funding becoming available to existing childcare providers looking to expand their operations. to serve more children. We stand ready to support these providers across the state as they educate and nurture our young people and get more of the workforce back to the workplace, filling critical care gaps and strengthening the strength of our state economy.

For this funding opportunity, child care deserts are defined as census tracts where there are three or more children under the age of five for each child care slot available, or there are no childcare slots available in the area. Based on these criteria, more than 60% of New York State is considered child care wasteland. All census tracts in New York State have been mapped based on the number of available slots, and potential child care providers can examine the child care wilderness menu to discern suitable places. Additional details on grant eligibility and conditions can be found in the FRG.