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Scholarships: New York has a new scholarship program available for parents who are essential workers. You can find more information on the Office of Children and Family Services website. Questions on this new scholarship funding can be sent to OCFS at:Questions mailbox: ocfs.sm.Essentialworkerquestions@ocfs.ny.gov or 1-844-863-9316- HSCC.
Parent Newsletter: Our Parent Newsletter provides information on types of child care, average cost of child care, financial assistance tips, and how to advocate for affordable, quality child care.
As You Think About Child Care: A guide developed by New York State Office of Children and Family Services to assist you in your search for child care with questions to ask and tips on things to look for.
As You Think About Child Care for your Infant or Toddler: Includes a checklist while searching for infant and toddler care.
As You Think About Child Care for your 3 to 5 Year Old: Includes a checklist while searching for preschool care.
As You Think About Child Care for your School Age Child: Includes a checklist while searching for school age care.
Websites for Parents
Early Care and Learning Council The Early Care and Learning Council is the state network for the New York State child care resource and referral agencies. Stay informed and connected to advocacy initiatives supporting early care and learning by joining Parent Network- New York's Action Network. - http://www.earlycareandlearning.org
The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) All registered or licensed child care programs in upstate New York are regulated by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). You may access a program's licensing history by visiting the OCFS webiste. You can review a program's previous licensing violations. This is important; however, the licensing violation wording doesn't necessarily tell the entire story of a provider’s ability to offer safe, healthy, fun care for your child. For help in understanding or interpreting the regulations, please call OCFS at 1-800-732-5207 or our Referral Specialist at (607) 723-8313 ext. 829. http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us
Child Care Aware of America (Formerly NACCRRA) Child Care Aware of America has partnerships, programs, and resources that are designed to help parents find quality child care, get the latest information on child development and parenting issues, keep informed on current legislation and policies affecting young children, look at work choices after having a baby, and access to hundreds of fun, learning activities to do with children. http://www.naccrra.org/parents
211 (First Call For Help) is available to offer guidance and answer questions about any services you may need. https://www.uwbroome.org/blog/2-1-1-we-answer-the-call/
Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit The Federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit is a tax benefit offered by the federal government. Find out more information here. https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc602
Lourdes PACT Parents and Children Together (PACT) is a Parents As Teachers home visiting program that offers services to families living in Broome and Tioga Counties. http://www.lourdes.com/centers-and-services/youth-services/pact
Binghamton City School District PACT Parents and Children Together provides support and education for families with children from prenatal to kindergarten living in the Binghamton City School District. http://bcsd1.ss14.sharpschool.com/district/departments/academics/pre-_k_and_t_k/pact
PAL - Family Resource Centers The Family Resource Centers(FRCs) are drop-in (not drop-off) centers for young children and their families. FRCs offer the community healthy environments that promote a nurturing relationship between parents and their children by offering education and personal support for families. FRCs provide welcoming, family-oriented community homes that encourage parents to stop in for companionship, peer discussion and interaction, and offer alternative play sites for children, access to education resources and communication with supportive, informed staff. https://mothersandbabies.org/the-parents-as-leaders-pal-resource-center/
Family Resource Centers in Tioga County The Family Resource Centers in Waverly and Owego are free for families with young children. The centers offer nurturing play spaces, parent education, family activities, support groups and referral to local services. http://tioga.cce.cornell.edu/family/family-resource-centers-frc
The NYS Parent Guide is a resource for caregivers on what you can do and say to grow a positive relationship with your child.