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Child Care Funding Announced For NY

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced more than $794 million in child care subsidy funding.
ALBANY, N.Y. -  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced more than $794 million in child care subsidy funding. That's an increase of 7.45% over the last fiscal year.

A press release says the funding, which is part of the Child Care Block Grant, will help low-income working families get child care subsidies. 

“Working parents should not have to choose between affordable care for their children and maintaining a job,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Child Care Block Grant is a vital resource for households across New York, and I am proud that this year we are dramatically increasing the program’s funding, helping to provide stability and quality child care for hard-working families statewide.” 

Here is the distribution of funding across New York counties: 

New York State Child Care Block Grant - Social Services District Allocations

4/1/2014 - 3/31/2015

Local District

Final Allocation

Local District

Final Allocation

Albany

$12,665,097

Onondaga

$16,336,953

Allegany

$561,517

Ontario

$1,749,549

Broome

$4,057,382

Orange

$6,948,345

Cattaraugus

$1,910,789

Orleans

$924,577

Cayuga

$1,731,746

Oswego

$2,387,615

Chautauqua

$4,200,437

Otsego

$951,105

Chemung

$3,580,261

Putnam

$900,437

Chenango

$606,343

Rensselaer

$4,146,750

Clinton

$960,070

Rockland

$8,465,441

Columbia

$1,294,424

St. Lawrence

$1,871,243

Cortland

$1,062,880

Saratoga

$1,896,409

Delaware

$1,279,709

Schenectady

$5,985,825

Dutchess

$6,993,359

Schoharie

$599,716

Erie

$24,336,843

Schuyler

$443,186

Essex

$392,616

Seneca

$326,528

Franklin

$938,975

Steuben

$2,223,038

Fulton

$545,317

Suffolk

$31,364,169

Genesee

$1,051,650

Sullivan

$1,840,133

Greene

$513,475

Tioga

$1,468,569

Herkimer

$941,984

Tompkins

$2,263,595

Jefferson

$1,972,161

Ulster

$3,753,499

Lewis

$309,023

Warren

$1,317,215

Livingston

$1,192,450

Washington

$874,567

Madison

$841,557

Wayne

$1,163,145

Monroe

$36,259,399

Westchester

$27,775,594

Montgomery

$703,648

Wyoming

$472,604

Nassau

$44,065,328

Yates

$235,691

Niagara

$2,267,598

New York City

$501,503,644

Oneida

$6,646,229

STATE TOTAL

$794,071,409


The grants are administered by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). According to a press release, parents or caretakers receiving funds may:
  • Choose to have care provided by one of the child day care providers with whom the local district has contracted for the provision of child care services; or
  • Request a child care certificate, which enables the parents or caretakers to select from a full range of child care arrangements, including care by regulated child care providers and providers or legally exempt child care.
Local districts must provide child care services to the following: 
  • Families on temporary assistance who are required to participate in an activity; 
  • Families transitioning off of temporary assistance who need child care in order to work;
  • Families who are eligible for temporary assistance but only want child care in order to work;
  • Families who are eligible if funds are available, which includes such families as low-income working families and teen parents who are completing high school;
  • Families who are eligible if funds are available and if the local district includes them as eligible families in its Child and Family Services Plan. 
For more information about the funding and eligibility visit the New York State Office of Children and Family Services' website.
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