• April 24, 2020

    CARES Child Care Scholarship Parent Application: Provides child care to income eligible essential workers at no cost.

    New York State is using a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to provide child care to income eligible essential workers at no cost. Essential workers who must work outside of the home and who are 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. 

    In order to qualify for the scholarship, families must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four that equals an annual income of $78,600.  

    Parents are asked to complete the following application for the CARES Child Care Scholarship via the link below. It informs parents that the application will be considered complete once the online application is finished AND the required supplemental documentation is submitted to Brightside Up, the Childcare Resource and Referral Agency (CCRA) for Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady counties. For parents that currently receive a subsidy from their local DSS to pay for child care, this scholarship can cover the parent co-pay. Parents should apply for the CARES Act Scholarship, and then contact their local Department of Social Services to get a letter stating their current co-pay. Please address any questions to Tricia Howland at thowland@brightsideup.org.

    Click here for the COVID-19 CARES Child Care Scholarship Application


    April 9, 2020 - Yes, We are OPEN  
    a child's place art unity house

    We are open for the community. 

    We are now open to all essential workers who would like their children to attend a quality program. We offer experienced teachers, small group size, R.N on staff, and a high level of Covid-19 compliant protocols.  

    Please contact Kathy D @ email: kdangelo@unityhouseny.org or text/call: 518-960-2660


    March 25, 2020 - If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this "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 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  https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/

    March 23, 2020 - Capital District YMCA School-Age Childcare Now Covers “Essential” Workers, New Locations, a Daily Rate — Financial Assistance Offered!

    ALBANY, NY (March 23, 2020) — The Capital District YMCA has extended care to cover “essential” workers. In addition to licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, there are many other “essential” workers.  

    For the complete list, please check herehttps://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026   

    The Y has also partnered with several other organizations, such as the Victory Church, and is providing food for children in Albany, Greenbush, Schenectady and Troy.   

    Locations Providing Care
    Arbor Hill Elementary — 1 Arbor Drive, Albany, NY 12207
    Eagle Point Elementary — 1044 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
    Giffen Elementary — 274 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202
    Hoosick Falls Central School — 21187 NY RT 22, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
    New Scotland Elementary — 369 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
    Philip Schuyler Achievement — 676 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
    Sheridan Preparatory Academy — 400 Sheridan Avenue, Albany, NY 12206  

    YMCA Branches Providing Care
    Bethlehem — 900 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054
    Duanesburg — 221 Victoria Drive, Delanson, NY 12053
    Glenville — 127 Droms Road, Glenville, NY 12302
    Greenbush — 20 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061
    Greene County — 35 Rt. 81, Hope Plaza, West Coxsackie, NY 12192
    Guilderland — 250 Winding Brook Drive, Guilderland, NY 12084
    Schenectady — 433 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
    Southern Saratoga — 1 Wall Street, Clifton Park, NY 12065
    Troy — 2500 21st Street, Troy, NY 12180

    The Capital District YMCA is providing childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at their 4 Early Learning Centers:     

    Clifton Park - KidzLodge Early Learning Center - 47 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065  (518.881.0055)  

    Duanesburg - Early Learning Center, 185 Mott Rd, Duanesburg, NY 12056    (518.356.6400)

    Glenville - Learning Ladder Early Learning Center, 547 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302   (518.360.8090)   

    Scotia - Thelma P. Lally Early Learning Center, 204 S. Ten Broeck Street, Scotia, NY 12302    (518.374.4914)  

    Online registration can be found at: www.CDYMCA.org/EmergencyChildcare   

    You’re also welcome to call the Capital District YMCA at 518.869.3500.  To provide childcare scholarship assistance for essential personnel during these unprecedented times, the Capital District YMCA sets a goal to raise $250,000 towards the BETTER TOGETHER FUND, an emergency childcare fund for essential personnel as defined by Governor Cuomo.

    The Y always accepts families, regardless of their ability to pay. By contributing to the BETTER TOGETHER FUND, the people of our region will make a direct and immediate impact by helping the Y provide safe, high-quality care for children whose parents and guardians have no choice but to report to work.

    “This is an opportunity for us to come together for our first responders, medical professionals, and essential workers, and help care for their children and lighten their financial burden, as they must report to work and keep our community healthy and safe,” noted Capital District YMCA President David Brown.

    Please join the Capital District YMCA by demonstrating how we come together and serve those who need us the most. Visit www.CDYMCA.org today.

    About the Capital District YMCA   

    The Capital District YMCA is one of the area’s largest non-profits focused on engaging individuals and families in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Y is dedicated to helping people achieve goals, make friends and find a true sense of belonging. The YMCA ensures these opportunities are available to everyone no matter their ability to pay with generous support from community partners and donors.  For more information about the Y, visit www.CDYMCA.org or call 518.869.3500.

    Families needing childcare 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 childcare 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.