COVID-19 Child Care Scholarships

CARES Act Scholarships

The Early Care & Learning Council (ECLC) and our network of 35 Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies applaud the action of the Office of Children and Family Services and the Cuomo Administration in developing a plan to provide child care to essential workers at no cost to the worker. This allocation of funding comes to the state from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act"), which has provided our state with $163.6 million in emergency relief to the child care system.

New York is using a portion of this funding to provide child care for essential workers. This program will support essential workers who are required to work outside of the home. Essential workers using a licensed or registered child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care, which is contingent on the availability of funds to support it. All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for the children of essential workers are able to participate in this new program. The CARES Child Care Scholarship will be available as long as the funds to support it are available.  As of right now we're expecting these funds will be available to take new applications until June 30th.

The Application Process: Your application will not be considered complete until all of these steps are completed. Once you complete and submit this online application (link below), you will be contacted by one of our staff to review this application and next steps. You will need to submit a letter from your employer stating that you are an essential worker that cannot work from home. If you are currently receiving a child care subsidy, you will need to submit an additional letter stating your co-pay to your CCR&R. Your online application AND the supplemental letters will complete your application process. At that point, your eligibility will be determined.  

We would also like to take a moment to express gratitude for your service as a member of the essential workforce. Thank you!



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

Last updated June 5, 2020