Governor Kathy Hochul and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today launched a statewide multimedia campaign to ensure eligible families have access to child care assistance. Administered by the state Office of Child and Family Services, eligibility for childcare assistance was expanded this month to include families earning up to 300% of the federal poverty level, which rose by 200%, extending eligibility to approximately 394,000 young children across New York. Starting this month, a family of four earning up to $83,250 is now eligible for childcare assistance where previously the threshold was $55,500 or less. Governor Hochul also announced the expansion of eligibility for a second round of federally funded Child Care Provider Stabilization Grants. As of today, all school-age child care programs and more than 900 providers licensed as of January 1, 2022 are eligible to apply for these grants.
“As New York’s first governor who is a mother, I know firsthand how important affordable child care can be to your future and your family,” Governor Hochul said. “By raising the income threshold for child care assistance, we can ease a crippling burden for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and, in particular, working mothers. My administration has made historic investments in child care, and this statewide multimedia campaign is the last crucial step we are taking to help ensure families get the help they need and deserve.”