The problem of finding affordable day care in the region, which pre-dates the even greater problems that arose last year during the early days of the pandemic, could be easing with some federal assistance.

Boy (2-4) licking ice cream, close-up, other children in background
Christopher Robbins

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) appeared at a Cortland day center to announce more than $1.8 billion from the America Rescue Plan would be coming to New York with a chunk to Central New York to help meet continuing child care needs.

Schumer says the funds will come in the form of the Childcare Stabilization Fund and the Child Care Development Block Grant.

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The Stabilization Fund will help qualified child care providers with operating expenses and other costs including personnel, sanitation, personal protective equipment and training.

The Block Grant will allow New York to make awards to providers based on enrollment rather than attendance and can include subsidies to families, including essential workers.

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