COVID-19 Services and Resources

Visit our COVID-19 page to learn more about our current services, local, state and federal resources.

NY Forward New Loan Program for Small Business

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 … Read More

Provider Roundtables: COVID19 Support for FDC/GFDC

On-going weekly support session for FDC and GFDC providers who have closed due to COVID-19 and for those who remain open. Opportunity to discuss concerns and strategies for operating your business. How is the cost of care at your program impacted by procedural changes recommended to best assure the health and safety of children you care for and their families? … Read More

Council Celebrates Week of the Young Child!

Dear Community, During these trying times, it’s important to take joy in the little things- and little beings! The Week of the Young Child celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers, families and communities. The Child Development Council is offering daily story times this week to celebrate the joys of early childhood. Stories can be viewed on our YouTube channel at: and from … Read More

Current Services

Child Development Council staff are working remotely and offering additional services to assure the well-being of children, families, and child care providers in our community. Child care availability is being monitored and referrals will be provided to essential personnel. ● If you need child care, call us at (607) 273-0259 or email We will return your call or email … Read More

Advice is just a call away

Our Warm Line is a free, confidential and anonymous telephone guidance service for parents and child care providers. Call us at 607-273-0259. Being a parent or caregiver is challenging. Remote work and isolation can push us to our limits. Child Development Council staff is here to listen and help you find solutions to questions about child development, behavior, how to positively discipline … Read More

A Note to the community about Informal Child Care

The current situation in our community highlights the value of child care providers. Their work is a vital piece of community infrastructure. Our public health experts are advocating children be kept out of large groups at this time. With many child care programs closing, we recognize the community is scrambling to find alternative child care arrangements. For the health and … Read More

Save the Date: Playdate in the Park is back and better than ever! 

Save the Date for Playdate in the Park! The Child Development Council’s Playdate in the Park will be held Wednesday, June 10th at Stewart Park. Rain date is Thursday, June 11.   Enjoy FREE carousel rides all day! Face painting, bubbles, sand play, hula hooping and yummy snacks! Visit Developmental Stations highlighting various stages of child development! Explore the Park … Read More

Summer Camp Scholarship Meeting – 3/11/20

Join us March 11th from 9:00am-10:30am at the Ithaca Youth Bureau – 1 James L. Gibbs Dr. Ithaca, for our annual Summer Camp Meeting. This meeting is for Summer Camp programs that operate with Health Department permits and also enroll children who receive Department of Social Services (DSS) subsidy funds. There are new requirements for Legally Exempt Group enrollments that … Read More