This page offers resources for child care programs, as well as child care providers who may have lost work due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
For Owners & Directors
New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive and Temporary Operating Assistance:
These applications are for grants available throughout New York State from the federal CARES Act funding related to the
COVID-19 pandemic. The grant opportunities are to assist reopening and expansion of capacity in child care programs by providing
supplies associated with reopening and expansion.
All applications for CARES 2 Funding should be sent to:
- Licensed & Registered Facilities:
- Legally-Exempt Facilities: ocfs.sm.CARES2LE@ocfs.ny.gov
Questions regarding the CARES 2 Funding and application process should be sent to: ocfs.sm.CARES2Questions@ocfs.ny.gov
The application deadline for CARES 2 is Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 5pm
Please make note that throughout the OCFS Memo about CARES 2 they make reference to group A,B, C & D. Groups are determined based on several factors and are used to designate what parts of the application you need to fill out. Please see the Application Instructions document section IV to determine your group.
NY Forward Loan
The NY Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF), announced on Friday by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, will begin accepting pre-applications
today. The $100 million fund is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses,
nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.
The NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses),
nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. The NYFLF is specifically timed to support businesses
and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing,
refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan.
Priority will be given to industries that have been reopened. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions
and industries reopen, and seek to target:
•Small businesses and nonprofits employing 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees;
•Small businesses that have gross revenues of less than $3 million per year;
•Nonprofits that provide direct services and have an annual operating budget of less than $3 million per year; and
•Businesses that have not received a loan from either SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster
Loan (EIDL) for COVID-19 in 2020.
Helpful information from Tom Copeland a trainer with over 35 years of experience in the business of child care. These slides
cover insurance, shutting down your program, handling payments from parents, sick day issues and much more. This is an invaluable
resource for all program owners and operators! You can also visit his
for more information.
Are you thinking about closing your program? This flowchart could help you make that decision.
If you do decide to close your program parents will need to be notified. This sample letter for families is designed to
be used by early childhood programs
If you decide not to close your employees will need guidance and direction. This sample letter is designed to be used by
employers to explain the choice to remain open amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Unemployment- These resources can help you to navigate the unemployment system.
Under new state & federal guidelines, there are instances where employees may be eligible to receive paid sick leave.