Child care services for essential workers

Updated March 25, 2020

Parent need for child care survey

If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) parent need for child care survey.

Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child care program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19-related program closures. However, the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high-quality child care that they need.

In addition, the OCFS website has several resources available.

Here is a helpful local resource

If you are looking for child care, the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRR) is a great place to start. They will ask you about the kind of care you are looking for, the ages of your children, the hours of care you need and other specifics such as any special needs your child might have. Based on that information, they will be able to give you a list of providers that most closely meet your needs.

Please contact:
Brightside Up (formally Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc.)
Ms. Abbe Kovacik, Executive Director
91 Broadway
Menands, NY 12204
Phone: (518) 426-7181, ext. 323
Fax: (518) 426-9649
Email: akovacik@cdcccc.org
Website: http://www.cdcccc.org/

Update March 23, 2020: Y expands child care for essential workers

The Capital District YMCA announced on March 23 that they have expanded their child care efforts, in addition to providing such services for emergency workers, to support Gov. Cuomo’s updated list of essential workers.

For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, “Essential Business,” means:

1. Essential health care operations, including:

  • research and laboratory services
  • hospitals
  • walk-in-care health facilities
  • emergency veterinary and livestock services
  • medical wholesale and distribution
  • home health care workers or aides for the elderly
  • doctor and emergency dental
  • nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
  • medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers

2. Essential infrastructure, including:

  • utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
  • public water and wastewater
  • telecommunications and data centers
  • airports/airlines
  • transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages
  • hotels, and places of accommodation

3. Essential manufacturing, including:

  • food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages
  • chemicals
  • medical equipment/instruments
  • pharmaceuticals
  • sanitary products
  • telecommunications
  • microelectronics/semi-conductor
  • agriculture/farms
  • household paper products

4. Essential retail, including:

  • grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
  • pharmacies
  • convenience stores
  • farmer’s markets
  • gas stations
  • restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
  • hardware and building material stores

5. Essential services, including:

  • trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
  • mail and shipping services
  • laundromats
  • building cleaning and maintenance
  • child care services
  • auto repair
  • warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
  • funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
  • storage for essential businesses
  • animal shelters

6. News media

7. Financial institutions, including:

  • banks
  • insurance
  • payroll
  • accounting
  • services related to financial markets

8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations, including:

  • homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
  • food banks
  • human services providers whose function includes: the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters, and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support

9. Construction, including:

  • skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers
  • other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

10. Defense:

  • defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. government or a contractor to the US government

11. Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses, including:

  • law enforcement
  • fire prevention and response
  • building code enforcement
  • security
  • emergency management and response
  • building cleaners or janitors
  • general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
  • automotive repair
  • disinfection

12. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services:

  • logistics
  • technology support for online services
  • child care programs and services
  • government owned or leased buildings
  • essential government services

Update March 20: Child care for emergency workers

As part of the COVID-19 response effort, the superintendents and school districts of the Capital Region BOCES are working with the Capital District YMCA to bring child care resources to the families of emergency personnel in local communities.

Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, YMCA branch locations throughout the Capital Region will be offering school-age child care for emergency personnel (physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.). This includes the Duanesburg Y.

DCS is joining with local school leaders in working with the YMCA and other child care providers to bring additional child care options for emergency personnel to their school communities. 
 
For enrollment information in the YMCA school-age programs, please visit www.CDYMCA.org/EmergencyChildcare/ or call (518) 869-3500.

Families needing child care resources for non-school-age children (birth to age five) can contact A Childs Place at Unity House at http://achildsplace.unityhouseny.org/ or (518) 271-6777.

Additional child care resources in the Capital Region can also be found by contacting BrightsideUp (formerly the Capital District Child Care Council) at https://www.brightsideup.org/find-child-care or (518) 426-7181.