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$1.1 billion headed directly to child care providers across New York


BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Starting Wednesday, child care providers in New York can apply for a slice of $1.1 billion set aside for their recovery efforts.

The money is coming from the American Rescue Plan and is different than other relief funding because of its loose restrictions on how it can be used.

Laura Gates-Weeks is the director of Young Wonders, a child care facility in downtown Binghamton, and said Tuesday that the money will assist in operating costs.

"So our plan is to use it on staff salaries which is about 85% of our budget so that would help significantly in our financial health," she said.

Jenn Perney is the child care resource and referral director of the Family Enrichment Network and said this has been an issue since before the pandemic, but it was magnified by the pandemic's restrictions.

"The stabilization grants are designed to do just that, to stabilize the childcare industry because they've been struggling," she said.

The application for the grant opens Wednesday on the New York Office of Child and Family Services website.

Kienan Dixon

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