Southern Tier To Receive $4.1M For “Child Care Desert” Funding

July 25, 2022

ALBANY – Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that nearly $70 million in grant funding has been awarded to newly licensed, registered or permitted child care programs in areas of the state without sufficient child care slots, known as child care deserts.

Of that, $4,148,00 will be allocated to twenty-six recipients in the Southern Tier.

The funds, which are part of the $100 million child care desert initiative approved in the Fiscal Year 2022 Enacted Budget, were made available through the American Rescue Plan Act and are administered by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

“Expanding child care options for working families is personal to me. As a young mom, I had to leave my job due to lack of access to affordable child care,”¬†Governor Hochul said.¬†“I want to thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and the Congressional delegation for helping secure this critical funding. New York remains committed to eradicating child care deserts, and we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure all parents have access to this vital lifeline.”

“Affordable child care is a waxing challenge for families everywhere and essential for our economic recovery.,” added Senator Chuck Schumer. “That is why when I wrote the American Rescue Plan, I made sure to include robust funding to not only help our day care and child care programs survive, but also to invest in filling the gaps in our rural and underserved communities that need child care the most. Now $70 million in federal funding that I secured will go directly to eliminating child care desserts, create good paying jobs, and provide real help for struggling parents and children.”

The grants will help new child care providers in underserved areas build their programs, cover start-up and personnel costs, recruit, train, and retain staff, and support staff in accessing COVID-19 vaccines. Additionally, the Governor highlighted legislation (S.8033A/A.8528A) that will help make diapers more affordable by exempting adult and children’s diapers, including disposable diapers, from all sales and use taxes.