Child Care Scholarships

CARES Act Scholarships for Essential Workers

The CARES Act 3rd round of funding includes a reiteration of scholarships for essential working families that meet certain income guidelines. These scholarships will help to pay for child care in licensed/registered child care programs. 

Twenty million dollars is allocated to support child care scholarships for children of essential workers. Essential workers include first responders such as health care providers, pharmaceutical staff, law enforcement, firefighters, food delivery workers, grocery store employees and others who are needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Child care costs will be covered for families of essential workers whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level - or $78,600 for a family of four - and will be paid up to market rate for each region statewide.

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Courtney A. Jones
Communications Coordinator
(315) 223-7850 Ext. 230

Last updated October 29, 2020