Hochul announces $70M in child care grants

Hochul announces $70M in child care grants

East Farmingdale, NY- New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced Monday that the state will be pouring $70 million dollars into grants to help create new child care facilities.

Hochul: “I’m excited about this. It’s not just the funding, it’s about having a creative vision to figure out what we do in this post-pandemic world with surplus space, a high need for child care, the money from Washington, and smart people who just want to do whatever we can to strengthen New York families.”

Another $30 million dollars in grants are planned to be released soon to expand current child care facilities.

Read more about the child care grants, here.

By Brett Levine

Photo: July 25, 2022— New York City – Governor Kathy Hochul visited a classroom of small children at the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, and then 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. 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. 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 (Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Kathy Hochul )