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Dinolfo: New Affordable Child Care Option Available for Job Training Participants

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced that Monroe County will expand its subsidized child care program with support from new funding through New York State’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI). The URI’s Child Care Subsidy Program will provide child care reimbursements to participants enrolled in a pre-approved job training program.

“Lack of child care often serves as a barrier to pursuing new employment opportunities,” said Dinolfo. “To encourage workforce development, it’s vital that we remove those barriers and encourage individuals to seek training in newer, high-paying industries that currently have a demand for skilled workers. Our goal is to offer this funding to 300 families over the course of the program, further complementing our existing economic development initiatives.”

This new funding will be administered through the Monroe County Department of Human Services (DHS) and will provide market rate child care reimbursement to job training participants for the duration of the program and for up to three months following its completion. This window allows participants enough time to secure employment.

The goals of this expansion are to increase enrollment in training programs targeted toward individuals living in poverty; reduce dropout rates; reduce poverty through increased educational attainment; and reduce the gap in child care subsidies for families not eligible for public assistance.

To be eligible, participants must:
· Have at least one dependent child under the age of 13
· Have a household income of less than 275% of the federal poverty level
· Be enrolled in any approved training program that is expected to yield full-time employment in a sector currently in-demand or supported by other Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council projects

Applications are now being accepted and approvals will be made on a rolling basis until available funds are fully expended. Interested applicants can call (585) 753-6960 to obtain additional information or for an application for enrollment. Additional information can also be found on the County website at https://www2.monroecounty.gov/hs-daycare.php.