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Dinolfo Invites Working Families To Apply For County's Affordable Childcare Programming

Dinolfo Invites Working Families To Apply For County's Affordable Childcare Programming

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo invited local families to apply for the County’s affordable childcare programming. Monroe County’s federal-state grant allocation for affordable childcare is increasing by $3.1 million for 2019-20, providing new opportunities for families to benefit from programs that can offset the cost of care for income-eligible households. The announcement follows Dinolfo’s previous action to lower the affordable childcare “Parent Fee” in Monroe County, which will save the average low-income family nearly $800 annually on the cost of care.

“Our incredible annual investment in affordable childcare is good for children, good for parents, and good for our economy. By ensuring access to reliable, quality childcare, we are giving parents the confidence they need to secure employment and build brighter futures for themselves, their children, and their families,” said Dinolfo. “This year, we can invest over $50 million into our affordable childcare programming, including an additional $3.1 million in grant allocations from our state and federal partners. With our largest-ever investment in affordable childcare, we are now in a position to help even more working families secure the quality care they need.”

Dinolfo continued, “That’s why I am inviting all working families to consider applying for our affordable childcare programming as soon as possible. We have several options to choose from, including programs for families making up to $70,000 for a household of four. Let us help you secure affordable, quality childcare for your children by submitting an application today.”

Specifically, Dinolfo asked local families to consider the following affordable daycare options:

Low Income / Family Assistance Programs

Families with adults who are working and earning an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level may qualify for assistance. For example, eligible gross family income could range from $33,820 for a family of two to $69,180 for a family of six. The total amount of the childcare subsidy available to each family is dependent on household income and the cost of care. Proof of identification, wage stubs, and other documentation may be required to apply.

For instructions on how to complete the Child Care Assistance application, please visit: https://www2.monroecounty.gov/files/hs/OCFS-6026%205-2019.pdf

Childcare Dollars Program

Administered by the Workforce Development Institute with funding provided by New York State, the Childcare Dollars Program is open to working families earning an income at or below 275% of the Federal Poverty Level. For example, eligible gross family income could range from $46,503 for a family of two to $95,123 for a family of six. To be eligible, parents or guardians must work at least 25 hours per week and the hours of care must coincide with the parent or guardian’s work hours.

For more information, please visit: https://wdiny.org/Explore-Our-Work/Child-Care-Subsidy-Program

Childcare Funding Project

Administered by Monroe County with funding provided through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, the Childcare Funding Project is open to working families earning an income at or below 275% of the Federal Poverty Level. Applicants must also be enrolled in an approved workforce development training program that is expected to yield full-time employment in a currently in-demand sector upon completion. As determined by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, such sectors include Information Technology, Manufacturing, and Health Care.

For more information, please visit: https://www2.monroecounty.gov/hs-daycare.php

About Monroe County’s Investment in Affordable Childcare:

In total, Monroe County is budgeted to invest $47.8 million in affordable childcare for 2019, serving nearly 7,500 local children. Monroe County’s state-mandated minimum spending match for its affordable childcare programming is $4.2 million, or more than the minimum shares supported by Albany, Erie, and Onondaga counties combined. As it pertains to childcare for low income families specifically, Monroe County spends $39 million annually, over 50% more than Erie County and over 200% more than Onondaga County, respectively.

In early July, Dinolfo previously announced that the County was making childcare more affordable for low-income families. At her direction, the Department of Human Services cut the “Parent Fee” component of the County’s subsidized childcare programming from the previous rate of 35% to a new, lower rate of 25%. The amount paid toward the Parent Fee by families is dependent on household income. As a result of Dinolfo’s action, approximately 2,300 low income families supporting 4,600 local children will save a total of $1.7 million per year on the cost of childcare, representing a savings of nearly $800 for the average working family.

For eligibility criteria and application information regarding Monroe County’s affordable childcare programming, please visit https://www2.monroecounty.gov/hs-daycare.php.