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Child Care Stabilization Grant

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New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

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11/30/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to New York childcare facilities for Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery efforts. Funding is intended to help cover unexpected costs caused by the pandemic and to stabilize operations. Eligible use of funds includes PPE, training, hiring personnel, rent, equipment, maintenance, and mental health support.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is accepting applications for the Child Care Stabilization Grant made available through the federal American Rescue Plan Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act. The Child Care Stabilization Grant represents an unprecedented opportunity and investment to effectively stabilize the child care sector. The goal of the Child Care Stabilization Grant is to provide financial relief to child care providers to help cover unexpected business costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help stabilize their operations so they may continue to provide care. 

Funds can be used for purposes allowed under the Federal ARP ACT Child Care Stabilization Fundguidelines, including:

  • Personnel costs, including payroll, salaries, similar employee compensation, employee benefits, retirement costs, educational costs, child care costs; and supporting staff expenses in accessing COVID-19 vaccines;
  • Rent (including under a lease agreement) or payment on any mortgage obligation, utilities, or insurance; also, may include late fees or charges related to late payments;
  • Facility maintenance or improvements, defined as minor renovations, including outdoor learning spaces/playgrounds, and minor improvements to address COVID-19 concerns;
  • Personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitization supplies and services, or training and professional development related to health and safety practices;
  • Purchases of or updates to equipment and supplies to respond to COVID–19;
  • Goods and services necessary to maintain or resume child care services;
  • Mental health supports for children and employees;
  • Health and safety trainings for staff, including but not limited to CPR, First Aid, and medication administration.

Child care providers incurred substantial financial losses in order to continue to provide services during the pandemic. Therefore, under the American Rescue Plan Act authority, providers are able to use Stabilization funds for costs that were incurred after January 31, 2020 as long as those uses were made in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, in any of the categories above, provided those expenses were not previously reimbursed by other funding or programs including NYS CARES child care grants.

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GrantWatch ID#: 199332

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible providers must be OCFS licensed or registered daycare programs, NYC permitted group daycares (as defined in Article 47 of the New York City Health Code) or enrolled legally-exempt group programs (enrolled with an enrollment agency). All providers must have been issued their license/registration/permit or enrollment letter on or before March 11, 2021 and are open and available to provide in person child care services on the date they apply for the grant. This includes providers who may not currently have children enrolled but are “open” and staffed to provide care. For programs that are temporarily closed and not providing in person child care services on the date of application due to public health or other reasons relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency, they will need to attest that they will be serving children by 9/20/2021 10/31/21 or within 30 60 days of application, whichever is later.
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Your program must fall within one of the categories listed below:
- OCFS licensed programs
Day Care Centers (DCC)
Group Family Day Care (GFDC)

- OCFS registered programs
School Age Child Care (SACC)
Family Day Care (FDC)
Small Day Care Centers (SDCC)

- NYCDOHMH permitted programs
Article 47 programs only

- Enrolled Legally Exempt Group Programs
Must be enrolled with an enrollment agency

Ineligible OCFS enforcement statuses include:
- Suspension of License/ Registration
- Limitation of License/ Registration
- Suspension and Proposed Revocation of License/ Registration
- Denial of Application to Renew License/Registration

Ineligible DOHMH enforcement statuses include:
- Commissioner’s order suspending the permit
- Show cause hearing
- Denial of renewal, revocation of permit

LEG summer camps are not eligible for this opportunity.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for stabilization grant application submission is Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Any applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Grant payments will be made directly to the child care provider.

Funds will be sent as six-monthly payments, either by direct deposit or by check. Your first payment will be sent within 30 days of the approval of the grant application.

If a provider has multiple facility sites, one application will need to be submitted per site.

For additional relevant links, see URL for Ful Text (RFP).

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To register and apply for a grant:

If you need assistance review the training materials available on the URL for Full Text (RFP) or call the Stabilization Help Line at 844-863-9319. You can also call your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency:

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