CENTRAL NEW YORK, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – On Thursday December 30th, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York State has awarded Central New York and the Mohawk Valley $35,565,000 in grants from the ‘Child Care Stabilization Initiative’.

“Childcare is the backbone of our economy, and this transformative investment is critical to building our economic recovery. This funding is a lifeline to providers and helps ensure New Yorkers have access to quality childcare across the state.” – Governor Kathy Hochul

This “first-of-its-kind” package is part a $900 million investment given to NYS as part of the $2.3 billion federal ‘American Rescue Plan Act and Coronavirus and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act’. Almost 15,000 childcare providers were given funds for personnel, rent or mortgage, utilities, facility maintenance & improvements, COVID-19 PPE & supplies, childcare services, child & employee mental health support, and health & safety training.

Childcare providers in the 10 regions of New York State were awarded the following amounts in Stabilization Grant funding:  

Capital Region  $31,222,838  
Central New York  23,727,800  
Finger Lakes  37,166,926  
Long Island  118,922,360  
Mid-Hudson  88,662,338  
Mohawk Valley  11,837,200  
New York City  519,816,612  
North Country  12,864,900  
Southern Tier  19,023,136  
Western New York  37,547,618  
TOTAL  $900,791,728