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Hochul announces child care programs

Dec 21, 2023 12:55 pm

Raga Justin reports for the Times Union that Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Dec. 20 that New York will offer a $50 million tax credit for employers to build child care centers for their employees or hire third-party providers for those services. Hochul said, “Let’s find a pathway for new businesses, as they’re setting up shop, that they can actually start incorporating a child care facility on their premises.... In a tight labor market, this can be the difference between someone working for one employer or another, based on whether or not they have child care available.” Hochul also announced $50 million in capital funding to build or expand child care centers. More than 28,000 families in New York need lack child care because of understaffing, according to a report published earlier this year by the advocacy group Empire State Campaign for Child Care. The eligibility cutoff for child care assistance was also raised recently in New York, from $83,000 for, a family of four to $93,200. Read more about this story in the Times Union.