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Newly received federal funding is available to assist residents of Warren County and Saratoga County who would like to open home-based childcare businesses.
A bi-county task force of public and private partners, headed by Warren County Department of Workforce Development, and Southern Adirondack Child Care Network, has obtained $205,000 in federal grant funding, which can be used for the New York State-required trainings, fees, and materials, including technological needs, to start a new home-based child care business.
You can learn more, including how to apply, through this link.
The funding application stemmed from a survey performed by an informal child care coalition comprised of members from both Warren and Saratoga counties in 2020-21, as the COVID-19 pandemic affected the availability of child care, significantly impacting the local workforce.
Liza Ochsendorf, Warren County Workforce Development Director, said: “We are excited to support new child care providers with opening their own businesses. This is a great opportunity for informal child care providers to be trained for free and to upgrade their services to become a licensed business. This funding may also appeal to stay-at-home parents, educators, or anyone looking for a career change who has a passion for helping children.”
Southern Adirondack Child Care Network and Brightside Up, a Capital District child care resource agency, will facilitate the required trainings in Warren and Saratoga counties, respectively.
Warren County residents who are interested in applying for funding can call Warren County Career Center at 518-743-0925 or Southern Adirondack Child Care Network at 518-798-7972.
Saratoga County residents who would like to apply can call Saratoga County Career Center at 518-884-4170 or Brightside Up at 518-426-7181