New Essential Worker Scholarships available

New Essential Worker Scholarships are available. OCFS is administering $25 million in funds to provide child care support for children of essential workers in New York State. The Essential Worker Scholarship will be awarded weekly through payments made directly to child care providers on the parents’ behalf. Parents will be responsible for paying any tuition amount that is greater than … Read More

Incentive Grants for Summer Camps

The Child Development Council is pleased to announce incentive grants for summer camp programs to accept low-income subsidy. Summer Camps with Health Department Permits can enroll with the Child Development Council as Legally Exempt Groups in order to accept Department of Social Services (DSS) subsidy or “scholarships”. In order to incentivize participation, we are offering $75 per staff completion of … Read More

Funding Available for Child Care Provided by Family, Friends, Neighbors

The Child Development Council is working with families in Tompkins County to help them find safe, affordable child care. We are here to help you register as a child care provider, enroll your child into a daycare or day camp, or arrange to have someone you know become your child care provider. This person could be a family member, friend … Read More

Child Development Council Announces CEO Retirement

CHILD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ANNOUNCES CEO RETIREMENT Cortland and Tompkins Counties, New York — March 15, 2021 — Taisha Dickerson, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Child Development Council of Central NY, Inc announces the retirement plans of CEO Sue Dale-Hall for the end of August 2021. Dale-Hall’s leadership role with the Council spans three decades. She reflects that … Read More

Join the Intergenerational Campaign to Save Child Care

The Child Care Crisis in Our Community Join the intergenerational campaign to save child care centers. Child care is critical. Parents cannot go to work and contribute to the local economy without child care. It keeps children safe, healthy, and learning. Today’s children will become tomorrow’s caregivers. The pandemic has hurt child care centers. Centers operate with thin profit margins, … Read More

CARES 3 Scholarship for Essential Workers Now Available

CARES 3 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 – … Read More

Support 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

As We Stand for Children, We Stand for Change

It is time. It has been time. Sometimes, with a glimmer of hope for change, we revel in the beauty of childhood and all that it offers. Happiness starts here, but for some it ends here too. In my family, two babies were born this week. We envelop them with great hopes and dreams for the future and we surround … Read More