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Council ServicesLocal, City & County ResourcesState ResourcesFederal Resources
* Child Care* Tompkins County/City of Ithaca
Collaborative Small Business Resilience Fund
* NY Project Hope 1-844-863-9314* Stimulus Checks
* NYS DOH Child Care and Day Camp Program Guidelines* Mutual Aid Tompkins, Neighbors Helping
Neighbors Facebook Group
* Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund* Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
* CDC Guidance for Child Care, Schools and Youth Programs* Tompkins County Government Health
Press News Page
* Child Care Scholarships for Essential Workers* Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
* CDC Guidance for Schools and Day Camps* Tompkins and Cortland County COVID19
Case Statistics Graph
* NY Forward Loan Program (NYFLP)* Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA)
* NYS Business Reopening Safety Plan Template* Unemployment Insurance
* Face Masks* Disability Insurance
* Child Care Emergency Scholarship Fund* NYS Paid Family Leave
* Free Summer Meals* NYS Health Insurance Marketplace
* Warm Line for Child Care Providers and Parents* General Information re: COVID19 from NYS
* Family Support Services
* Postpartum Group
* Lactation Support

Council Services

Child Care Resource and Referral

Child care is considered an essential service.

If you need child care Call us at (607) 273-0259 or email info@childdevelopmentcouncil.org.
We will return your call or email as soon as possible with referrals to child care providers who have current openings.

If you work for a child care program and are seeking work
If you work for a child care program that is closed and are interested in providing care for essential personnel, please contact us at (607) 273-0259 or email info@childdevelopmentcouncil.org. We will connect you to programs that need staff or families that need child care.
Department of Health (DOH) Child Care and Day Camp Program Guidelines

Effective 6/7/2021, the NYS DOH updated their guidance for child care and day camp programs.

Watch a recording of The DOH Guidance and Best Practices for Child Care webinar.

PLEASE NOTE: training credit will not be given for watching the recording, but the information is available as a resource.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) – Guidance for Childcare, Schools, and Youth Programs


Center for Disease Control (CDC) – Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open (supplemental guidance)


NYS Business Reopening Safety Plan Template

(*Note: You are REQUIRED TO POST your completed plan in your program environment to be available for review by parents/staff…)

All child care programs are required to complete a business safety plan that identifies operations and procedures in lieu of COVID-19. Download a copy of the safety plan template.
Face Masks

Effective 4/17/2020 at 8 p.m., face coverings are required to be worn when you are in public and cannot be 6′ from other people. Children under 2 years of age should not wear face masks.

Child care providers are required to wear face masks at all times when working with children and it is recommended that children over 2 in their care also wear them while at the child care facility/home.

Click to review the CDC’s Do’s and Don’ts for Facemasks

Face Masks are now available at many grocery and general purpose stores. Handmade masks for adults and children are available from the following local vendors:

Make your own face mask using an old t-shirt, a bandana or other similar sized cloth – examples can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Information from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services
Updates and announcements, including correspondence from the Division of Child Care Services at OCFS can be found on their site at https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/
Child Care Emergency Scholarship Fund

The Child Development Council’s Emergency Scholarship fund is available to families that experience a financial emergency and are unable to pay their child care bills.

· To apply, contact the Council to request an application.

· Funds, pending application approval, are paid directly to the provider.

· For families with ongoing financial needs, first contact the Department of Social Services (DSS) at (607) 274-5219 and apply for child care subsidy. Subsidy pays a portion of your child care costs while you work, seek work, or are enrolled in an approved program.

Warm Line

Call our Warm Line, a free, confidential and anonymous telephone guidance service for parents and child care providers. Council staff are here to listen and help you find solutions to questions about child development, behavior, how to support a child’s adjustment to child care (or support a parent being home all the time).

Free Summer Meals

Dryden, Groton, Ithaca, Lansing and Trumansburg School Districts are offering FREE summer meals for youth aged 18 and under. https://www.facebook.com/TompkinsChildNutrition/
Questions? Call 2-1-1

Family Support Services

Postpartum Group
Our postpartum groups are still being held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from noon-1pm. These meetings are now being held via Zoom. To receive meeting link and join meeting, send an email to amanda@childdevelopmentcouncil.org
Lactation Support
Our Certified Lactation Counselor is available for consultations by phone and virtual methods. Please call our office at (607) 273-0259 and our Certified Lactation Counselor will get back to you as soon as possible.

Local, City and County Resources

Tompkins County/City of Ithaca Collaborative Small Business Resilience Fund

The Ithaca Tompkins County COVID-19 Small Business Resilience Fund (SBRF) will provide forgivable loans in the amount of up to $5,000 for working capital to micro-enterprises and small businesses in Ithaca and Tompkins County experiencing hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Loans will carry a zero-interest rate, an 18 month term, and be forgiven for businesses open and in operation on December 1, 2020 that have complied with the program rules. Get all the info on the City of Ithaca website at https://www.cityofithaca.org/658/COVID-19

Mutual Aid Tompkins, Neighbors Helping Neighbors Facebook Group
Tompkins County Government Health Press News Page


Tompkins and Cortland County COVID19 Case Statistics Graph (updated daily)


State Resources

NY Project Hope 1-844-863-9314

NY Project Hope is a helpline staffed by trained crisis counselors who help callers talk through their emotions and find resources to help them with the challenges of COVID.  NY Project Hope also has a website filled with resources that folks can access anytime at www.nyprojecthope.org. Services are always confidential, free, and anonymous.

Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund

On March 8, 2021 NY state announced an additional $29 million is available to support essential workers and first responders. The Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund was designed to assist with on-going urgent economic needs. Up to $1,000 is available per Household. The program is designed to reimburse out-of-pocket childcare, transportation, lodging and other qualifying expenses to qualifying applicants. Workers should be referred by employers, unions or social service providers who can verify employment during the COVID emergency. Applicants will be awarded reimbursement funds to reimburse them

Awards will be made to eligible applicants for eligible expenditures on a first come, first served basis until funding is exhausted. The maximum reimbursement amount is $1,000 per household.

Families who earn up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level – or $125,470 for a family of four – are eligible to apply for funds to cover expenses incurred due to COVID19. Find out more about the fund or sign up to be notified when applications are available

Child Care Scholarships for Essential Workers

Twenty million dollars is allocated to support child care scholarships for children of essential workers (defined under Executive Order 202.6). Child care costs will be covered for families of essential workers whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level – or $78,600 for a family of four – and will be paid up to market rate for each region statewide. Scholarships for children of essential workers will run from October 25, 2020 through June 27, 2021 or until funds are depleted.

Applications are no longer being accepted, but parents who were approved prior to 1/10/21 may continue to participate until 6/27/21.

NY Forward Loan Program (NYFLP)

The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) information quoted from:

“The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.  The NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income.  The NYFLF is specifically timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan.

Pre-application for the New York Forward Loan Fund will be open on May 26, 2020 at Noon Eastern Daylight Time. Priority will be given to industries that have been reopened. This is not a first-come, first-served loan program.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions and industries reopen.

  • Small businesses and nonprofits must employ 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees;
  • Small businesses must have gross revenues of less than $3 million per year;
  • Nonprofits must provide direct services and have an annual operating budget of less than $3 million per year; and
  • Have not received a loan from either SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for COVID-19 in 2020.

Click here for more information on how to apply

Unemployment Insurance

As of 7/31/2020, expanded unemployment benefits have ended. To find out about current unemployment benefits that may be available to you

NYS Temporary Disability Insurance

Employers are required to provide employees with disability benefits coverage for an off-the-job injury or illness to replace lost wages. While there is usually a seven-day waiting period for benefits, it has been waived for employees affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak. Benefits often cover 50% of an employee’s wages, but were increased to equal 100% of an employee’s weekly wages, capped at $2,884.62 per week, for those affected by coronavirus. Employees can find the forms needed to file it claim and where to file it through the state Workers Compensation Board.

NYS Paid Family Leave

In response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has guaranteed workers job protection and financial compensation in the event they, or their minor dependent child, are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by the state of New York, the Department of Health, local board of health, or any government entity duly authorized to issue such order due to COVID-19. See Guidance For Obtaining An Order For Mandatory Or Precautionary Quarantine.

Most employees will get financial compensation by using a combination of benefits, which may include new employer-provided paid sick leave (depending on the size of the employer), Paid Family Leave and disability benefits. These benefits are not available to employees who are able to work through remote access or other means.

Paid Family Leave can also be used to care for a family member who has contracted COVID-19, which qualifies as a serious health condition.

NYS Health Insurance Marketplace

New York State has extended a special enrollment period until May 15th to apply for insurance through the NYS Marketplace.  Due to loss of (or reduced) income you may be eligible for Medicaid, Essential Plan, Subsidized Qualified Health Plans, or Child Health Plus (under 19).

There are many ways to apply:

  • NY State of Health Marketplace https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/
  • Call 1-855-355-5777
  • Call a local certified navigatoror enroller:
    • Human Services Coalition – call 607-273-8686, press 1 and leave a message
      call 2-1-1 (1-877-211-8667)
      schedule phone appointment at
    • Southern Tier Independence Center– call 1-855-478-4262
    • Fidelis Care Health Insurance– call plan representative at 607-222-5739
General Information About COVID19 from NYS


Federal Resources

Stimulus Checks

pending a second cycle…

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
UPDATE (3/1/2021)
  • Child care providers can once again apply for a forgivable loan from the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.
  •  For more info on the EIDL, view this helpful webinar. Info available for both home-based providers and day care centers.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
UPDATE (3/1/2021) 

To follow program changes directly, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program


  • Community Bank, NA
  • The Elmira Savings Bank, FSB
  • M&T Bank
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Citizens Bank
  • CFCU Community Credit Union



PPP Loan Forgiveness Application 


Tom Copeland webinar on how to apply for PPP and EIDL loans:  http://tomcopelandblog.com/free-webinar-on-how-to-apply-for-the-sba-forgivable-loans

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA)

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (P.L. 116-142) was signed into law on June
5, 2020. The law provides much needed flexibility for borrowers under the Paycheck Protection Program. Changes could help support the use of the PPP to more effectively support the business model for child care.
• More time to spend loan funds and still obtain forgiveness (24 weeks instead of 8 weeks)
• More flexibility to support payroll and fixed costs
• More flexibility in employee retention rules related to worker circumstances and market/public health factors.

Read a summary of PPPFA highlights that could help improve child care economic viability from the Committee for Economic Development (CED).