COVID-19 FAQ- Child Care Funding for Essential Workers

Benefits Team May 06, 2020




Last Updated: April 30, 2020


Q. I am working but having trouble paying my child care costs. Is there any help for me?

Yes. The state has made $20 million dollars available to help essential workers pay for child care during this COVID-19 crisis. This is called the CARES Child Care Scholarship Program


Q. How do I discover if I am an eligible essential worker?

A list of who is considered an essential worker is at https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026. Essential workers include not only medical workers, but also

  • Airport and hotel workers;
  • Grocery store and convenience store workers;
  • Restaurant workers doing take out;
  • Food productions an agricultural workers
  • Those who work in bicycle or automobile repair;
  • Mail, transit and delivery workers;
  • Workers in homeless shelter, food banks and congregate care facilities;
  • And many, many more – check the list on the website if you are not sure.


Q. I applied for child care assistance once before and was told I made too much money. Why should I apply now?

Eligibility levels are expanded to 300% of poverty (see chart below) and there are no co-payments at all!

Household Size Household Salary Eligibility (Maximum)
2 $ 51,720
3 $ 65,160
4 $ 78,600
5 $ 92,040
6 $105,480
7 $118,920
8 $132,360


Q. I already receive a child care subsidy. Is there any benefit to applying?

Yes. If you are an essential worker and receive a child care subsidy, the scholarship will pay your co-payment for the duration of the program.


Q. How do I apply?

You can apply online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvxhLCNWoq4koXGsY2QbInTgj8MTB3911ZO9Kw2rgz5ciLrQ/viewform or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. You can locate your local child care resource and referral agency here https://earlycareandlearning.org/our-members/


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