Helping People….Changing Lives

Chautauqua County – The Chautauqua Child Care Council applauds the action of the Cuomo Administration in developing a plan to provide child care to essential workers at no cost. This allocation of funding for child care for essential workers comes to the state from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), which has provided New York with $163.6 million in emergency relief to the child care system.

New York State is using a portion of this funding to provide free child care for income-eligible essential workers.  Essential workers using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available.  All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for essential workers are able to participate in this new program.

Access to affordable and safe child care is a barrier for working parents during the best of times, and even more so during a crisis.  New York State’s plan will ensure that the workforce that is needed to protect and care for the public during this pandemic have the child care that allows them to continue to serve us all. Our frontline child care providers are here to care for your children while you protect the community. The Child Care Council of Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., houses the child care experts and the conduit to accessing child care in Chautauqua County.

If you meet the definition of an essential employee and have child care needs, register here. You will be contacted by the Child Care Council within one business day. We will follow up on the next steps to gather information about your household and help you identify a participating child care provider or work with your current registered or licensed child care provider.



For more information or assistance with the application, you can reach the Child Care Council at or 1-800-424-4532. You may also access the application at