CARES Scholarships

Governor Cuomo Announces $30 Million in Child Care Scholarships for Essential Workers and Supplies for Child Care Providers

New York State Will Apply Federal CARES Funding to Provide Child Care and Keep Essential Staff on the Job

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State will provide child care scholarships to all essential workers starting Monday, April 20th, 2020. Essential workers include first responders such as health care providers, pharmaceutical staff, law enforcement, firefighters, food delivery workers, grocery store employees, and others who are needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Child care costs will be covered with $30 million in federal CARES Act funding to essential staff whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level – or $78,600 for a family of four – and will be paid up to the market rate for each region statewide.

Click here to read the entire press release. 

Essential workers (who are income-eligible*) using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available. All OCFS regulated providers who are providing child care for essential workers are eligible to participate in this new program.

*Federal Poverty Guidelines (@ 300%)



Click here to complete the online application form. 

The Application Process: Your application will not be considered complete until all of these steps are completed. Once you complete and submit this online application, you will be contacted by Child Care Solutions within one business day to review this application and the next steps. You will need to submit a letter from your employer stating that you are an essential worker that cannot work from home. If you are currently receiving a child care subsidy, you will need to submit an additional letter documenting your parent co-pay as well. When we contact you, we will discuss you will discuss these documentation needs further. 

You need to complete the online application AND submit all required documentation to complete the application process. At that point, we will determine your eligibility. 

We would also like to take a moment to express gratitude for your service as a member of the essential workforce. Thank you!


Click here to complete program information profile. 

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 Child Care Solutions with further information about how you can participate in the program.

Thank you for being essential workers yourselves and working tirelessly during this time of uncertainty to care for children in your community. We deeply appreciate you!



If you have any questions at all, please contact Child Care Solutions at (315) 446-1220 – we’re here to help!