Childcare Information for Essential Workers

New York

 

Division of Child Care Services (New York State)

Department of Education (New York City)

Website:                     https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/

                                    https://a816-healthpsi.nyc.gov/ChildCare/ChildCareList.do

 

What is the process for accessing emergency child care?

Child care is considered an essential service in New York state. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked child care providers to prioritize services for employees of essential businesses. There is no centralized application process, but workers can contact their local Child Care Resource Referral Agency to learn about child care availability, costs, and financial assistance.  Workers can also use the New York’s Division of Child Care Services  database to find regulated child care providers.

There is a different process for child care services in New York City. Day care centers in New York City are regulated by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). To find a licensed day care center in New York City, use this resource to search by borough. The city also opened 100 sites across the city for children of essential workers that work for the healthcare, transit, or emergency services industry. While these three industries will be prioritized, other essential jobs, including grocery workers and other food workers, may be able to enroll children at these sites as space permits.

(https://chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2020/03/17/faq-nycs-childcare-plan-for-essential-workers-and-students-needing-intensive-support/)

(https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/)

If there is an application process, how does one apply?

There is no centralized application process. Workers can contact their local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency to learn about costs and financial assistance. (https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/referralagencies.asp)

 

How much does this cost for a parent or guardian?

Costs vary by child care service and location, but parents can contact the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency for their county to learn about costs and financial assistance. (https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/referralagencies.asp)

 

What resources does the state provide for finding an emergency child care provider?

New York’s Division of Child Care Services provides those in need of child care with a comprehensive search for regulated child care providers. Workers can search the entire database of regulated child care providers in New York State (except for day care centers in New York City). Parents can also contact a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency for their county; counselors can provide parents with types of programs, costs, and financial assistance, as well as guidelines for selecting child care. (https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/looking.asp)

 

Day care centers in New York City are regulated by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). To find a licensed day care center in New York City, use this resource to search by borough.

 

Are grocery workers and other food workers regarded as essential workers?

Grocery workers and other food workers are regarded as essential workers. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office released a list of essential workers that also includes those working in the essential health care operations, infrastructure, manufacturing, essential services, news media, financial institutions, homeless shelters, food banks, construction, defense, and other essential services necessary to maintain safety and sanitation of other essential businesses.

(https://www.mynbc5.com/article/who-qualifies-as-an-essential-worker-in-new-york-state/31824555)

 

Pennsylvania

 

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Phone Number:         1-800-692-7462

Website:             https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Coronavirus-Child-Care.aspx

 

What is the process for accessing em­­ergency child care?

In Pennsylvania, essential workers are eligible for child care services that are exempt from the broader nonessential business restrictions. The parent or guardian may consult an emergency child care directory provided by the Department of Human Services. There does not appear to be an application process.

 

According to the Department of Human Services, “Child care providers listed are approved to operate during the COVID-19 public health emergency. If you work in a life-sustaining position, these providers may be able to help you and your family if you need child care. Please note that this list may change, and we are doing our best to keep it up-to-date, but providers listed may make the decision to close at any time. We encourage all personnel in life-sustaining positions to make a back-up plan for child care should their provider decide to close.” (https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Coronavirus-Child-Care.aspx)

 

If there is an application process, how does one apply?

There does not appear to be an official application process to determine parent eligibility for the program.

 

How much does this cost for a parent or guardian?

There does not appear to be a program for defraying costs for essential workers seeking child care.

 

What resources does the state provide for finding an emergency child care provider?

Child care providers listed are approved to operate during the COVID-19 public health emergency. If the parent works in a life-sustaining position, these providers may be able to help them if they need child care. (https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Coronavirus-Child-Care.aspx)

 

Are grocery workers and other food workers regarded as essential workers?

A wide range of grocery, food manufacturing, and agricultural workers are considered essential workers in Pennsylvania. (https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/FoodForThought/Pages/Article.aspx?post=80;