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Dear Provider Letter - New Quarantine Guidance

Aug 22 - New Quarantine Guidance - This letter contains the most recent COVID-19 requirements for child care programs. It replaces all prior guidance, including the letter that OCFS sent to you on May 31, 2022. Please read this information carefully and share it with families.

Dear Provider Letters - Important Updates About Allergy Awareness

Aug 10 - Epinephrine Injectors - New information to help protect the lives of those without a diagnosed allergy who may experience anaphylaxis while in a child care program.

Jun 9 - Allergy Awareness - In recent months, OCFS has seen a dramatic increase in the number of complaints of children with diagnosed allergies ingesting known allergens while in the child care program.

En los últimos meses, la Oficina de Servicios para Niños y Familias (OCFS) ha visto un aumento dramático de quejas de niños con alergias diagnosticadas que ingieren alérgenos conocidos mientras están en el programa de cuidado infantil.

Dear Provider Letter - Excessive Heat advisory

An advisory reminder to child care providers on issues to keep in mind with regard to excessively-high outdoor temperatures.

Resources for Dealing with Trauma

In the wake of the tragic murders in Buffalo on May 14, 2022, OCFS has compiled resources for child care providers to assist children and families with navigating trauma.

Important COVID test kit expiration date info
Powdered Infant Formula Recall

FDA warns consumers not to use certain powdered infant formula produced in Abbott Nutrition’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan. Abbott Nutrition is initiating a voluntary recall of certain powder formulas (Similac, Alimentum, and Elecare) manufactured in the Sturgis, Michigan manufacturing facility due to consumer complaints of Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport infections. These complaints are under investigation by the FDA, CDC and state and local partners. Products are included in the recall if they have all three items below:

  • the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37 and
  • the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and
  • the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

For more information on this recall, please visit: FDA Investigation of Cronobacter and Salmonella Complaints: Powdered Infant Formula (February 2022).

Finding Infant Formula Resources

Governor Kathy Hochul announces resources for New York families amid infant formula shortages.

See the announcement on the Governor's news site for more information.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also has information on finding infant formula resources for your family available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Haitian Creole.

For more information, please visit the Health and Human Services web site.

Spanish / Español

La Gobernadora Hochul Anuncia Recursos Para Las Familias De Nueva York En Medio De La Escasez De Fórmula Infantil

El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de EE. UU. ahora tiene información sobre cómo encontrar recursos de fórmula infantil para su familia disponibles en inglés, español, vietnamita y criollo haitiano.

Para obtener más información, visite el sitio web de Salud y Servicios Humanos.

Parents: Don’t miss out on the Child Tax Credit

Families who earn up to $440,000 per year are eligible.

Families who

  • filed tax returns in 2019 or 2020 but did not give the IRS direct deposit information,
    and
  • did not file tax returns in either 2019 or 2020

must apply for the credit to which they are entitled.

Sign up for your Child Tax Credit at the Internal Revenue Service web portal.

Spanish / Español

Atención padres

No pierdan la oportunidad de solicitar el Crédito Tributario por Hijos (Child Tax Credit). Las familias que ganan hasta $440,000 al año son elegibles.

Las familias que

  • presentaron declaraciones de impuestos en 2019 o 2020 pero no proporcionaron al Servicio de Impuestos Internos (IRS) información de depósito directo,
    y
  • no presentaron declaraciones de impuestos ni en 2019 ni en 2020 deben inscribirse para recibir los pagos a los que tienen derecho.

Regístrese para obtener su Crédito Tributario por Hijos en el portal web del Servicio de Impuestos Internos: Pagos por adelantado del Crédito tributario por hijos en 2021 | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov).

Updates and Information

Child Care Stabilization Grants Weekly Dashboard Updates
Self-Reported Child Care COVID Cases for the week ending September 16, 2022

The following are self-reported COVID-19 numbers for child care facilities. These numbers reflect weekly COVID-positive information dating from December 2020.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Updates

Providers - Please read the attached letter regarding recent and upcoming changes to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

Por favor lea la carta adjunta referente a cambios recientes en el Programa de Asistencia de Cuidado Infantil (Child Care Assistance Program, CCAP).

Dear Provider Letter - Updated Child Care Mask Guidance

- May 31, 2022

Effective immediately, individuals previously subject to a 10-day isolation or quarantine due to age, vaccination status and/or inability to reliably wear a mask, may be able to return to their child care program sooner.

A partir del 31 de mayo de 2022, las personas previamente sujetas a un aislamiento o cuarentena de 10 días debido a la edad, el estado de vacunación y/o la incapacidad de usar una máscara de manera confiable, pueden regresar antes a su programa de cuidado infantil.

Child Care Deserts RFA#1 Applications Dashboard
The Child Care Grant Portal has a New Location

To access your existing Child Care Stabilization Grant application, please go to childcare-grants.ocfs.ny.gov.

Invest in New York - Child Care Deserts Grant

OCFS is pleased to announce a grant opportunity for applicants interested in opening a new child care program! The attached flyer provides information about the Child Care Deserts grant. For additional details about this exciting opportunity, please visit: ocfs.ny.gov/cc-deserts and read the Request for Applications document.

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in opening a new child care program.

Thank you for your support!


Estimado proveedor de cuidado infantil,

La Oficina de Servicios para Niños y Familias (OCFS) está complacida en anunciar una oportunidad de subvención para solicitantes interesados en abrir un nuevo programa de cuidado infantil. El folleto adjunto brinda información sobre la subvención “Child Care Deserts” o desiertos de cuidado infantil, que se refiere a áreas donde la necesidad de cuidado infantil supera con creces la oferta. Para obtener detalles adicionales sobre esta emocionante oportunidad, visite: ocfs.ny.gov/cc-deserts y lea el documento Pedido de Solicitudes.

Por favor comparta esta información con cualquier persona que pueda estar interesada en abrir un nuevo programa de cuidado infantil.

¡Gracias por su apoyo!

Dear Provider Letter - COVID Test Kit Distribution

OCFS is partnering with our local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies to distribute more than 214,000 at-home COVID-19 test kits to licensed/registered child care programs. Test kits will be distributed by your local CCR&R.

The test kits are intended to be used by child care providers, staff, and the families enrolled in your program. Given the limited number of test kits being distributed, we strongly suggest that they are reserved for individuals experiencing symptoms or those that have known exposure to a COVID positive individual.

If an enrolled child has symptoms of COVID-19, you may provide a test kit to the child’s parent/guardian. If you have additional questions, please contact your local CCR&R for assistance.

La Oficina de Servicios para Niños y Familias (OCFS) se está asociando con sus agencias de recursos y referencias de cuidado infantil (Child Care Resource and Referral, CR&R) para distribuir más de 214,000 kits de prueba de COVID-19 en el hogar a programas de cuidado infantil con licencia/registrados. Los kits de prueba serán distribuidos por su CCR&R local.

Los kits de prueba están destinados a ser utilizados por los proveedores de cuidado infantil, el personal y las familias inscritas en su programa. Dada la cantidad limitada de los kits de prueba, sugerimos enfáticamente que se reserven para personas que experimenten síntomas o que hayan estado expuestas a una persona con COVID positivo.

Si un niño inscrito tiene síntomas de COVID-19, puede proporcionar un kit de prueba a los padres/tutor del niño. Si tiene preguntas adicionales, comuníquese con su CCR&R local para obtener ayuda.