CARES 3 Child Care Scholarships

New York State is using another portion of the next federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) funds to provide child care to income-eligible essential workers at no cost.

Essential workers using a licensed or registered child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available. In order to qualify, families must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four that equals an annual income of $78,600.

Parents: How to Apply

Complete the Parent Application: This online application is the first step of the process. Once it is submitted, those living in Onondaga & Cayuga counties will be contacted by Child Care Solutions within 10 business days to review your responses. Additionally, we will discuss any additional documents that you will need to submit to complete your application.

This includes: a letter from your employer confirming your employment, gross income, and average hours per week worked as an essential worker (defined under Executive Order 202.6) who does not work at home. We have included a sample letter from your employer below. The application is currently available in English, Spanish and Chinese. 


To complete the parent application or for more information, use the following links:

English -

Spanish -

Chinese -


Sample Letter from Employer to Confirm Employment:

Child Care Providers: How to Apply

Complete the Program Information Profile (PIP): This program information profile is an application to be able to accept CARES Scholarship recipients and payments from your local child care resource and referral agency (Child Care Solutions) to care for those children. Completing this application is not a guarantee that additional children will be added to your enrollment. After completion of this program information profile, you will be contacted by CCS with further information about how you can participate in the program.


To complete the Program Information Profile or for more information, use the following links:

English Program Information Profile:

Spanish Program Information Profile:

Chinese Program Information Profile: