COVID-19 Parent Application for CARES Child Care Scholarship

We applaud 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.

Essential workers who must work outside of the home and 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.

COVID-19 Parent Application for CARES Child Care Scholarship:

Parents are instructed to complete this application for the CARES Child Care Scholarship via the link above. 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 (Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady).  Questions go to Tricia Howland at

For parents that currently receive 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.