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Governor Cuomo Announces $65 Million NY Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive

Funding from Federal CARES Act will Support New Childcare Health and Safety Protocols and Assist Closed Programs with Reopening

Mid-Hudson Region Enters Phase Three of Reopening Today
Long Island to Enter Phase Three Tomorrow
1.2 Percent of Yesterday's COVID-19 Tests were Positive
Hospitalizations Drop to 1,104 Statewide

Confirms 597 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 389,085; New Cases in 37 Counties 

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program. 

The funding available includes:

  • $20 million to assist childcare program with reopening and expansion of capacity by providing materials to support a more socially distant model, and for supplies and activities associated with reopening and expansion. This may include partitions, short term rental of space, etc.
  • $45 million in childcare Reopening and Expansion Incentive funds to pay for 50% of the cost of a newly opened classroom (maximum grant amount of $6,000) as an incentivize to open the classroom. The temporary funds will phase out over the second and third months as more parents bring their children back into childcare.

Throughout the pandemic, 65 percent of OCFS-licensed and -registered child care programs remained open, many serving families of essential workers. The funding being made available today will help to bring closed programs back to operation to serve families returning to the workplace. 

"New York went from one of the highest infection rates in the country to one of the lowest because we made decisions based on science - not politics," Governor Cuomo said. "We're seeing in other states what happens when you just reopen with no regard for metrics or data - it's bad for public health and for the economy, and states that reopened in a rush are now seeing a boomerang. We do about 60,000 tests per day - more than any state or country on a per capita basis and approximately 1 percent of tests are coming back positive. We do this testing religiously, and we watch the rate and calibrate our reopening by that rate. The Hudson Valley moves to phase 3 today and Long Island will go to phase 3 tomorrow. 

"As we move further into the reopening and more parents go back to work, we're also making sure child care programs across the state have the support they need to reopen safely," Governor Cuomo continued. "By providing support for expanded classrooms that allow for more social distancing and other resources, we can help keep staff and children safe."

To be eligible for reopening funds, child care programs must have either been closed as of June 15 and have a plan to reopen within two weeks of applying or currently operating below their licensed capacity and would like to expand. The grants will be pro-rated as programs reach capacity. Programs must submit a detailed plan for use of funds and must remain open at least through the end of the year.

The maximum awards for the $20 million in Reopening and Restructuring Incentives depend on the size of the program and range from $300 to $1,600 one-time grants. Child care programs may apply to OCFS through July 15.

The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization - 1,104 (down -18 from the day before)
  • Number ICU - 302 (down -28 from the day before)
  • Number ICU that are intubated - 204 (down -24 from the day before)
  • Total Discharges - 69,769 (up +59 from the day before)
  • Deaths - 27
  • Total Deaths - 24,766

Of the 48,709 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 597, or 1.2 percent, were positive. Each region's percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows: 

Region Saturday Sunday Monday
New York City 1.20% 1.10% 1.40%
Capital Region 0.40% 0.70% 1.30%
Central New York 0.90% 0.70% 1.80%
Finger Lakes 0.40% 0.70% 1.10%
Long Island 1.00% 0.90% 1.10%
Hudson Valley 1.00% 1.00% 1.00%
Mohawk Valley 1.00% 1.40% 0.50%
North Country 0.20% 0.10% 0.40%
Southern Tier 0.30% 0.30% 0.20%
Western New York 0.80% 1.00% 1.30%

The Governor also confirmed 597 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 389,085 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 389,085 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows: 

County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 2,062 2
Allegany 58 0
Broome 671 1
Cattaraugus 118 3
Cayuga 108 0
Chautauqua 116 0
Chemung 139 0
Chenango 141 1
Clinton 100 0
Columbia 454 2
Cortland 44 0
Delaware 91 1
Dutchess 4,150 5
Erie 7,073 38
Essex 41 0
Franklin 28 1
Fulton 244 0
Genesee 229 4
Greene 256 0
Hamilton 6 0
Herkimer 137 0
Jefferson 84 0
Lewis 24 1
Livingston 125 1
Madison 347 0
Monroe 3,540 28
Montgomery 109 1
Nassau 41,544 31
Niagara 1195 2
NYC 21,3056 315
Oneida 1,421 5
Onondaga 2,702 27
Ontario 242 0
Orange 10,666 12
Orleans 277 1
Oswego 179 6
Otsego 83 0
Putnam 1,305 0
Rensselaer 533 5
Rockland 13,529 15
Saratoga 538 3
Schenectady 770 9
Schoharie 57 0
Schuyler 12 0
Seneca 64 0
St. Lawrence 217 0
Steuben 263 0
Suffolk 41,056 46
Sullivan 1,440 2
Tioga 141 1
Tompkins 175 0
Ulster 1,757 1
Warren 262 0
Washington 244 0
Wayne 145 2
Westchester 34,581 24
Wyoming 93 0
Yates 43 1