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Starting Your Own Child Care Program

  • Thursday, February 24, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 10, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday, March 18, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Thursday, April 21, 2022, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 28, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Child Care Council is hosting online information sessions to help anyone who is interested in becoming a child care provider.  Information sessions will be open to anyone who is interested in starting a licensed child care program out of their home.  These sessions are free, however registration is required. Email to register.


New York State identified $100M to build and expand child care capacity in areas with the least supply. Utilizing funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), child care desert funding represents an unprecedented opportunity and investment to build capacity and strengthen the state’s economy, by addressing the issues that impact businesses including chronic absence, productivity reductions and turnover due to inadequate options for quality child care in the most needed parts of the state.

The standard definition of a child care desert involves not having enough licensed/registered child day care slots to adequately serve the number of children in a geographic area. For this funding opportunity, the geographic area used to measure population is a census tract. An area is identified as a child care “desert” if there are three or more children under the age of five per available child care slot in local day care centers, family day care, or group family day care programs.

OCFS and the Council on Children and Families (CCF) have created an online mapping tool illustrating the locations of New York State’s child care deserts, which are the areas eligible for funding under the request for applications (RFA). To view the detailed REDC Child Care Deserts map visit

Learn more about this grant opportunity during these scheduled information sessions. All information can be found by clicking here.


Karin Brinkerhoff
Early Care & Learning Subject Educator
(315) 223-7850 Ext. 233


This event is online

Last updated February 23, 2022