Schumer says American Rescue Plan funding for child care is ongoing



CORTLAND, NY (WSYR-TV) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer was in Cortland on Monday, where he announced more than $ 1.8 billion from the U.S. bailout would go to service providers childcare and employers to meet ongoing needs. Schumer said COVID-19 has increased demand for child care and the funding will help many local families.

“Since the start of this pandemic, advocates for daycares and daycares in central New York have sounded the alarm that these places are critical to our reopening and need help to survive,” said Senator Schumer . “Today, I can report that this critical aid is on the way. These new funds will provide real help to families, children and even job seekers. “

Schumer said central New York is expected to receive a significant share of the $ 1.8 billion, and eligible parents will receive subsidies for child care, including essential workers. Local institutions will be able to use the funding to reimburse expenses for the past year.

Detailing the funds on the way to New York and Central New York, Schumer explained that they would be delivered to the state in two parts: 1) the Childcare Stabilization Fund – $ 1.1 billion in New York, and 2) the Child Care and Development Block. Grant (CCDBG) – $ 705 million in New York.

As part of the Childcare Stabilization Fund, New York will use federal funds to provide sub-grants to licensed and regulated childcare providers in central New York City that are either open or temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Qualified child care providers receive sub-grants based on their current operating expenses, including costs associated with providing these services during the pandemic. New York must also make the grant application available online. Child care providers in central New York City can use these funds to cover personnel costs, rent and mortgage payments, PPE, sanitation, training and professional development related to the child. health and safety, mental health services for children and staff, and other operational expenses. As a condition of the funds, child care providers who receive these funds must keep their payroll intact (provide full compensation to its employees) and, where possible, provide a co-payment and reduction in costs. tuition fees to the families they serve.

As part of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), New York has a lot of flexibility with dollars. New York may allocate child care services based on children’s enrollment rather than attendance. New York can also use the funds to provide child care grants to families, including essential workers (health workers, first aid workers, sanitation workers, and other workers deemed essential), regardless of their income. . This fund is expected to expand child care subsidies to approximately 875,000 children nationwide.

“Central New York will see a significant portion of that $ 1.8 billion in direct relief funds for child care,” Schumer added. “This will mean that children, families, essential workers and early childhood educators will be able to weather this pandemic and this sector will also be able to create local jobs, which will make it an integral part of the larger local recovery.”

Schumer also pointed out several other ways the US bailout will help Cortland County:

  • Direct payments: approximately $ 55 million in checks of $ 1,400 to approximately 22,000 households in Cortland County.
  • Child tax credit: approximately $ 17 million in CTC payments for families
  • Local Governments: over $ 14 million for Cortland County governments, including over $ 9 million for Cortland County, over $ 2 million for the Town of Cortland and over $ 3 million for local governments. towns and villages
  • Higher education: $ 16.8 million for SUNY Cortland, half of which is to be used as student financial aid
  • FQHC: $ 2.6 million for the Cortland family health network

The County of Cortland will also receive a significant portion of the following funds:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools: $ 9 billion for New York
  • Purchase and test of new Covid-19 vaccines: $ 4 billion for New York
  • Emergency rental and homeless assistance: $ 1 billion for New York
  • Nutritional assistance: $ 1.07 billion for New York
  • Earned Income Tax Credit: $ 786 million for New York
  • Broadband connectivity: $ 632 million for New York
  • Airports: $ 418 million for New York
  • Head Start: $ 59 million for New York
  • Rural transit: $ 12 million for New York
  • Support for small businesses, restaurants and live sites: $ 57.8 billion nationally
  • Support for agriculture and farmers: $ 4 billion nationally
  • Aid to rural hospitals: $ 8.5 billion nationwide
  • Increase in FMAP Medicaid: $ 2.7 billion for NY ($ 2.1 billion already provided by Schumer pushing President Biden to extend until the end of the calendar year, in addition to about 600 million dollars). ” improved FMAP targeted for home and community services under this legislation)

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