On April 16, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) announced $163,636,242 in federal funding to support the New York State Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) through the Health and Human Services (HHS) program funded in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding will help child care providers throughout New York State stay open to care for the children of those working on the front line or cover some of the costs associated with reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Child care providers are essential to fighting the spread of the coronavirus throughout the Lower Hudson Valley and mitigating its impact on our families,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “This funding provides critical support to those working on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic by providing health care workers, emergency first responders, and other essential workers with a safe, reliable place for their children while they fight to end this public health crisis. In addition to helping New York’s child care providers stay open, these funds are necessary to help providers overcome the decrease in enrollment or complete closures related to COVID-19. I will continue working to bring safety and security to our families and provide federal funding to businesses and service providers throughout Westchester and Rockland.”
The $163 million in funding to New York is part of $3.5 billion in federal grants Congresswoman Lowey helped secure in COVID-19 relief for child care providers across the country.
“By caring for the young children of essential workers, Westchester child care programs are playing a brave and unique role during this pandemic,” said Kathy Halas, Executive Director of Child Care Council of Westchester. “The CARES Act funding for child care delivers critical and timely support, so that child care businesses can be there for us now and in the future, as our community recovers. We are all deeply grateful to Congresswoman Nita Lowey for leading the fight to secure this critical federal aid for child care. She is truly the all-time champion for child care and for children.”
“Child Care Resources of Rockland is thrilled to know NYS will receive over $165M to support our child care providers as well as families who may be struggling to afford child care as the economy has halted,” said Vicki Caramante, Executive Director of Child Care Resources of Rockland. “As Governor Cuomo and many others, including Congresswoman Lowey have said, child care is essential to everything and everyone in our community, directly and indirectly. Without child care, many of our emergency care workers, first responders, government employees, restaurants, retail, entertainment, and just about every other employment sector would not function, because child care is essential. During this COVID-19 pandemic, the need for child care is stark - something we here at CCRR have known and for which we have advocated since we were founded.”
As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey led the House in negotiations with Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration to secure this funding in addition to tens of billions in federal assistance that will protect New York families, keep small businesses afloat, and stem the spread of COVID-19 so the Lower Hudson Valley can fully recover as quickly as possible.