Childcare for Capital Region Families

Childcare Funding

Updated April 24, 2020: CARES Child Care Scholarship for income-eligible essential workers

New York State is using a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to provide child care to income-eligible essential workers at no cost. Essential workers who must work outside of the home and who are using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available. All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for essential workers are able to participate in this new program.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, families must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four that equals an annual income of $78,600.

Parents are asked to complete the following application for the CARES Child Care Scholarship via the link below.  The application will be considered complete once the online application is finished AND the required supplemental documentation is submitted to Brightside Up, the Childcare Resource and Referral Agency (CCRA) for Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady counties. For parents that currently receive a subsidy from their local DSS to pay for child care, this scholarship can cover the parent co-pay. Parents should apply for the CARES Act Scholarship, and then contact their local Department of Social Services to get a letter stating their current co-pay.

Please address any questions to Tricia Howland at thowland@brightsideup.org.

Click here for the COVID-19 CARES Child Care Scholarship Application


Childcare through the Capital District YMCA

Updated on March 23, 2020: Capital District YMCA School-Age Childcare Now Covers “Essential” Workers, New Locations, a Daily Rate — Financial Assistance Offered! 

The Capital District YMCA has extended care to cover “essential” workers. In addition to licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, there are many other “essential” workers.  For the complete list, please check here: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026

The Y has also partnered with several other organizations, such as the Victory Church, and is providing food for children in Albany, Greenbush, Schenectady and Troy.

Locations Providing Care

  • Arbor Hill Elementary — 1 Arbor Drive, Albany, NY 12207
  • Eagle Point Elementary — 1044 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
  • Giffen Elementary — 274 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202
  • Hoosick Falls Central School — 21187 NY RT 22, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
  • New Scotland Elementary — 369 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
  • Philip Schuyler Achievement — 676 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
  • Sheridan Preparatory Academy — 400 Sheridan Avenue, Albany, NY 12206

YMCA Branches Providing Care

  • Bethlehem — 900 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054
  • Duanesburg — 221 Victoria Drive, Delanson, NY 12053
  • Glenville — 127 Droms Road, Glenville, NY 12302
  • Greenbush — 20 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061
  • Greene County — 35 Rt. 81, Hope Plaza, West Coxsackie, NY 12192
  • Guilderland — 250 Winding Brook Drive, Guilderland, NY 12084
  • Schenectady — 433 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Southern Saratoga — 1 Wall Street, Clifton Park, NY 12065
  • Troy — 2500 21st Street, Troy, NY 12180

Registration


March 20, 2020: Capital District YMCA Childcare for Healthcare Workers

As part of the COVID-19 response effort, the superintendents and school districts of the Capital Region BOCES are working with the Capital District YMCA to bring childcare resources to the families of emergency personnel, who do not have the option to work from home, as defined by The New York State Education Department.

Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, YMCA branch locations throughout the Capital Region will be offering school-age childcare for emergency personnel (physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.).

Local school leaders are also working with the YMCA and other childcare providers to bring additional childcare options for emergency personnel to their school communities. Information regarding these options is forthcoming and updates will be posted here.   

Enrollment information in the YMCA school-age programs:

When does emergency childcare services start?
Effective Monday, March 23rd, beginning at 7 a.m., the Capital District YMCA will provide childcare for emergency personnel who do not have the option to work from home, as defined by The New York State Education Department.

Who can enroll?
Emergency health care professionals include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, nurse assistants or laboratory personnel, and direct support professionals. Additionally, we are covering first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters.


Office of Children and Family Services Childcare

If you are a parent or caregiver who needs childcare, please complete this parent need for child care survey.

Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however, the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high-quality child care that they need.

In addition, the OCFS website has several resources available.


Non-School-Age Childcare

A Child’s Place at Unity House

Families needing childcare resources for non-school-age children (birth to age five) can contact A Child’s Place at Unity House:
Website: http://achildsplace.unityhouseny.org/
Phone: 518-271-6777

The Capital District YMCA is providing childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at its four Early Learning Centers:

  • Clifton Park: KidzLodge Early Learning Center
    47 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065
    518-881-0055
  • Duanesburg: Early Learning Center
    185 Mott Rd, Duanesburg, NY 12056
    518-356-6400
  • Glenville: Learning Ladder Early Learning Center
    547 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302
    518-360-8090
  • Scotia: Thelma P. Lally Early Learning Center
    204 S. Ten Broeck Street, Scotia, NY 12302
    518-374-4914

Other Childcare Resources

If you are looking for child care, the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRR) is a great place to start. They will ask you about the kind of care you are looking for, the ages of your children, the hours of care you need and other specifics such as any special needs your child might have. Based on that information, they will be able to give you a list of providers that most closely meet your needs.

Please contact:

Brightside Up (formally Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc.)
Ms. Abbe Kovacik, Executive Director
91 Broadway
Menands, NY 12204

Phone: (518) 426-7181, ext. 323
Fax: (518) 426-9649
Email: akovacik@cdcccc.org
Website: http://www.cdcccc.org/

 

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