Child Care Resource and Referral
- Most child care centers in Tompkins and Cortland Counties have closed temporarily, except for a few that have reduced group sizes and are caring for children of essential personnel.
- Family Child Care and Group Family Child Care programs have smaller numbers of children and many currently have openings for new children.
If you need child care
Call us at (607) 273-0259 or email email@example.com.
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
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 when working with children and it is recommended that children in their care also wear them. The Child Development Council is working to gather a supply of face masks for child care staff and children.
At this time, masks can be purchased from the following local vendors:
- Sew Green (on a donation basis)
Email order only by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small orders accepted for individuals and households.
Receipt in about 5 days.
- Tompkins Mask Makers Collective
email@example.com* Cloth masks are $10 each and go down with orders over 20
* Fitted Masks with Clear Window Over the Mouth are $14 each and go down with orders over 5
* The mask makers are also working on a clear vinyl hat for children! Contact them for more information.
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
CARES Child Care Scholarship for Essential Personnel
CARES Child Care Scholarship for Essential Workers at No Cost!
If you are an essential worker and must work outside your home, you may be eligible for the CARES Child Care Scholarship. This allocation of funding for child care for essential workers comes to the state from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). Payments extended through 6/30/2020.
Income eligible* essential workers 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 OCFS regulated providers who are providing child care for essential workers are eligible to participate in this new program. We can connect you to a program if you need a referral, or you can use the CARES Scholarship to pay the regulated provider you are already using.
To APPLY: Fill out the Parent Survey, then we will be in touch.
*At or below 300% of Federal Poverty Guidelines
|Family Size||Household Salary Eligibility (Maximum)|
Child Care Emergency Scholarship Fund
Requests for child care payment funding because of an emergency will continue to be received and reviewed. The Council is temporarily suspending our normal eligibility criteria for Emergency Scholarship funding to help support families who are experiencing unusual circumstances paying for child care at this time such as simply not being able to pay your child care bill, having to pay your regular provider while they are closed and a current provider so you can continue working. The Emergency Scholarship Fund will pay up to $200 per week for a maximum of 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, if there is still a need for funding, the application will be reviewed again and further funding may be possible.
To apply, contact the Council to request an application at (607) 273-0259 or firstname.lastname@example.org Funds, pending application approval, are paid directly to the provider. You will be responsible for any balance due.
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. Income eligibility for child care subsidy is as follows:
|Tompkins DSS Child Care Subsidy Income Eligibility Standards
June 1, 2019-May 31, 2020
|Family Size Yearly Gross Income|
(Each additional person: +$4,420)
Information from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services
Family Support Services
- “The SBA resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT.” To follow program changes directly, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program