Schumer touts LI’s childcare fund with a stimulus bill


Long Island’s child care providers, who have been suffering from lower registrations and higher costs since the start of the pandemic, can receive a portion of about $ 2 billion from the federal stimulus bill to the state, Senate leaders said. Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday.

The American Rescue Plan allocates $ 40 billion nationwide to parents working with child care providers. Schumer (DN. Y) said New York would receive $ 1.8 billion based on population and Long Island would receive a significant portion of those dollars.

“Child care is more important than anywhere else on Long Island,” Schumer said outside of Amityville’s Marks of Excellence Child Care. “It’s essential to our lives. Dealing with the COVID crisis is essential and essential to getting out of the COVID crisis.”

Many people unless the Child Care Center takes care of the children of healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers. No choice However, it temporarily closes during the pandemic. Although most have resumed, Long Island has lost about 80 of its 1,700 child care providers since early 2020, according to the Nassau and Suffolk Child Care Councils.

Advocates said that many parents who suddenly lost their jobs or worked from home could not afford to raise their children for safety reasons or declined to raise their children.

“As a working mom, I understand how important childcare is to my family and many others,” said Nicole Passarella, whose son Dylan, 4, who attends Tutor Time in Masapequa. It was. “American Rescue Plan funding will keep child care centers open and safe for Dylan and many other children throughout Long Island.”

The bill provides $ 1.1 billion to open (and forced to close) facilities to cover salaries, rent, personal protective equipment, training and mental health services through the Child Care Stability Fund. I will.

The Child Care and Development Block Grant, also on the bill, will provide $ 705 million that can be allocated to providers based on registration rather than attendance. The state can also use the money to provide childcare subsidies to families, including essential workers, Schumer said.

Jennifer Rojas, Secretary-General of the Suffolk Child Care Council, called the law “the most notable moment” of her 25-year career.

The nursery and its employees “at risked their lives at the start of this pandemic without knowing the true cost of continuing to operate,” Rojas said. “But they did, and now it’s their time to be rewarded.”

Alicia Marks, owner of the Marks of Excellence, said she was in desperate need of funding.

“We can no longer do more with less,” she said. “The cost of PPE and salary was astronomical. We were already choking on the proverbial thread and hanging … our family and children depended on us and we were them. I want to be here to take care of you. “

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