Child care received more attention than ever before in this year's NYS budget. With the Empire State Campaign for Child Care calling for $5 billion to move New York toward a truly universal system of child care, how did child care fare in the enacted budget? Join us on Friday, May 20th at noon to find out. To register, CLICK HERE!
OCFS has just posted the Request For Applications (RFA) for $30 million in funding for child care programs that were licensed/registered/permitted BEFORE January 28, 2022.
This funding opportunity is to help existing programs expand their capacity and serve more children in areas of the state that are child care deserts - which includes Westchester County.
What you need to do right now:
(1) Visit the OCFS website and review the info on program eligibility and the RFA. Just CLICK HERE!
(2) Watch for our emails with more info about this grant and how we can help you apply.
Jessenia Tejada, Child Care Business Development Specialist
(Pictured from left to right: Congressman Mondaire Jones, Laura Rossi of the Westchester Community Foundation, Jason Barnett of RXR, Kathy Halas of the Child Care Council of Westchester, Craig Ruoff of Colliers International)
What's in a name?
We first developed "Dream Big" as a theme for one of our annual awards breakfasts - long before we transitioned to an evening celebration. At that time, we were thinking mostly of children - and how positive early learning experiences would allow them to dream - and achieve - big things. But we realize now the phrase represents so much more: the dreams of working mothers who want to build a career, of all parents who want better for their children. And, with your support, we at the Council have been able to dream bigger - about who and how many we can help, and the ripple effect in every direction, for so many years, when just one family gets the support they need. We raised more than $200,000 at Dream Big on April 7, and we are so very grateful for what these funds will make possible. THANK YOU.
View the full journal here.
View the gallery here.
Let's do something great for Westchester's childen!
- Do you have an amazing idea for your child care/after school program that needs some resources?
- Something you've always wanted to try?
- A promising approach that will make great things possible for Westchester children?
Then we encourage you to apply for a Cate Riley Innovation for Quality Prize. Three (3) grants up to $2,000 each will be awarded.
Child care centers, after school programs, family and group family providers, nursery schools and child care resource and referral agencies are eligible.
Applications are due by close of business on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
For more info: CLICK HERE!
For an application: CLICK HERE!
A message from Kathy Halas, Executive Director
The 22-23 NYS budget is a good step toward what we need for child care in New York, making care more affordable and delivering some additional compensation to the grossly underpaid child care workforce.
Here are the highlights, with details, especially around the timing, still pending:
- Income eligibility for the Low Income Child Care Subsidy goes from 200% FPL to 300% as of 8/1/22. A family of 4 can now earn up to $83,250 and be eligible, up from $53,000.
- Parent co-pays are capped at 10% of income over FPL for families with incomes under 300% FPL.
- Parents enrolled in higher education are now eligible for child care subsidy without having to meet a work requirement.
- The market rate, the basis of provider reimbursement, will rise from the 69th to the 80th percentile.
- $343 million is invested in a stabilization fund, 75% of which must go to the workforce in the form of wage increases, bonuses, tuition reimbursement, retirement/health benefits, etc.
- $125 million increase for PreK slots, including $25 million in a competitive grant for new slots at the $10,000 per child level.
We thank our entire Westchester State Delegation for its support, especially Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, for making child care a priority and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, for leading the charge on PreK.
To all of you reading this message, especially those of you working in child care, none of this would have happened without your speaking up on our child care crisis, your participation in our letter-writing campaigns, call-ins and virtual advocacy events. On behalf of the Child Care Council Board of Directors, and our entire staff team, we thank you.
But we're not done, far from it
We're going to keep working, building on the progress this year, until we get to a truly universal system of child care in NY!
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