Family Child Care Association of New York State, Inc.



Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program.

 The funding available includes:

  • $20 million to assist childcare program with reopening and expansion of capacity by providing materials to support a more socially distant model, and for supplies and activities associated with reopening and expansion. This may include partitions, short term rental of space, etc.
  • $45 million in childcare Reopening and Expansion Incentive funds to pay for 50% of the cost of a newly opened classroom (maximum grant amount of $6,000) as an incentivize to open the classroom. The temporary funds will phase out over the second and third months as more parents bring their children back into childcare.

New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive and Temporary Operating Assistance Applications

Download OCFS 5450 for licensed/registered child care programs or OCFS 5451  for legally exempt programs.  Both of these documents are also posted on the OCFS website and can be found at:

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on July 15, 2020.


The State has made available a business reopening safety plan template to guide business owners and operators in developing plans to protect against the spread of COVID-19.  The template of this plan is attached, or programs can find the template at the following link:

There is also a summary document for child care programs and summer camps operating and/or re-opening during COVID-19.  It may be helpful with further clarifying the NYS DOH INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR CHILD CARE AND DAY CAMP PROGRAMS DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY.  The summary document can also be found at:

As you may know, on June 1, 2020, OCFS issued emergency regulations which state that all child care programs “must operate in compliance with all emergency health guidance promulgated by the Department of Health in the interest of public health during a designated public health emergency. Provided that, during a designated public health emergency, any relevant emergency directives from the executive chamber or from the Department of Health shall supersede regulations of the Office in the case of any conflict.”  This regulation requires child care programs to comply with the attached NYS DOH guidance and is effective immediately.  The emergency regulation language can be found HERE.

Special Live Webinar Training: "Guidance and Best Practices for Child Care Programs Operating During the COVID-19 Emergency"

Please join OCFS for this special training.  It will provide guidance and clarification on interim guidelines for child care programs operating during the COVID-19 emergency. The training will also discuss best practice recommendations you can put into practice in your programs. You can register now for one of the 3 additional live sessions. They’ll be taking place on Monday, June 29th (1:00 - 2:30 PM), Monday, June 29th (6:30 - 8:00 PM) and Tuesday, June 30th (1-2:30 PM).

This course will provide you with 1.5 hours of training.

Registration is now open but capacity is limited, so register today! Please note, you only need to register for ONE session. If you are interested in congregate viewing of this training, email the ECETP mailbox for information.Visit for more information.

FCCANYS 2020 Annual Conference

The Family Child Care Association of New York State, Inc. board members held an emergency meeting on Tuesday March 10 and have decided that for the best interest of all involved to postpone the conference until the fall.

Please know that this was not an easy decision to make. At this time we do not have a new date and we are working on contacting participants to see if they want a refund of monies paid or if they want it applied to the conference in the fall. We are asking all to be patient as we process everything. We are in contact with the hotel to see what individuals have to do to cancel their room. As soon as we have the answers we will be contacting everyone.

If you have a concern or need immediate attention, please feel free to contact Joan Hallett-Valentine, President via email:

For up to date information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the following websites:

Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

NYS Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

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The Mission of the Family Child Care Association of New York State is to unify, promote and strengthen the profession of family child care; enriching the lives of providers, children, families, and communities.



We envision FCCANYS as leaders and experts that support and empower family child care providers throughout the state with continual professional growth and networking opportunities and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders in order to strengthen quality standards that enrich family child care.

Family Child Care Association of New York State, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 5486 Albany NY, 12205

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