Schumer: Nearly $1.8 billion in day care center aid coming to New York
care centers across Long Island and New York state, and some families who rely
on them, will soon be seeing a major influx of money from the federal
government totaling nearly $1.8 billion.
money can be used to provide subsidies for families who qualify based on income
levels. It can also be used to reopen centers that were forced to close during
the pandemic because of declining enrollment to pay for pandemic-related
expenses like PPE, cover rent and mortgage, personnel and training.
care advocates say dozens of programs across Long Island have closed while
others have had to lay off staff. Day care owners say the money is vital to
rebuilding a system that so many parents rely on.
There are about 730 licensed and registered child care
centers across Long Island that are eligible for the new funding. One of them
is Marks of Excellence in Amityville, owned by Alicia Marks.
“Our families and children depend on us and we want to
be here to take care of them to keep Long Island working,” she said.