The Child Care Council of Orange County has announced that income-eligible essential workers can seek a CARES Child Care Scholarship. The funding for scholarships comes from the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided New York State with $163.6 million of emergency relief for the child care system. The state is using a portion of the money to provide free child care for income-eligible essential workers.
According to the Child Care Council, essential workers who use a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funding is available. All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for essential workers are eligible to participate. Anyone who meets the definition of an essential employee and has child care needs can register at CARES Child Care Scholarship Parent. Registrants will then be contacted to obtain information about their household and child care provider.
For more information, contact Linda Martini at the Child Care Council of Orange County at 294-4012, extension 222.