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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Child Care Deserts Application Portal is Open and We Can Help!

The application portal for this new $70mil funding opportunity opened on Monday, April 11th at  https://ocfs.ny.gov/cc-deserts!

The funds are part of a $100 million program from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), to expand the supply of new child care slots across the state, especially in areas that are “child care deserts”, with little or no supply of regulated child care. Grant recipients can use the funding to support start-up expenses, personnel costs, general child care business expenses and staff expenses in accessing COVID-19 vaccines. Additional details on eligibility and requirements of the grant can be found in the Request for Applications.

Applicants must have submitted their request for an application for a license before their grant application submission. All applicants must complete the OCFS online orientation before applying at  https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/providers/cdc-orientation.php. Once the orientation is completed, applicants can request a licensing application. Please visit the OCFS website here for more information and to apply for the grant.

Need more info on what is involved in various types of regulated child care?  To register for one of our FREE modality-specific info sessions pdfclick here .

Need help understanding the business challenges involved in running a child care program?  Join us at our Blending and Braiding Training, offered on 3 different times, and the Core Business Training, a series of 6 sessions that not only goes into budgeting and financial management, but also staffing, marketing, contracts and more.  Check out these FREE training opportunities pdfclick here .


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Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.

313 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, New York 10583

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Child Care Specialists extended hours are available on Tuesdays until 7pm to help you make an informed decision about child care.

Phone: (914) 761-3456
Toll-Free: 1 (844) 387-7525

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