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Stabilization Help Line: 844-863-9319

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The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is accepting applications for the Child Care Stabilization Grant made available through the federal American Rescue Plan Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act. The Child Care Stabilization Grant represents an unprecedented opportunity and investment to effectively stabilize the child care sector.

The goal of the Child Care Stabilization Grant is to provide financial relief to child care providers to help cover unexpected business costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help stabilize their operations so they may continue to provide care. To streamline and simplify the application process, OCFS is offering a single online application. Technical assistance will be available statewide via Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies, Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), United Federation of Teachers (UFT), and Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) to all child care providers who need help to complete the online application.

Statement of Grant Opportunity

Ready to Apply?

Apply for a Child Care Stabilization grant online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The application is fast, simple and will automatically calculate your estimated grant amount.

Before applying, make sure you have your:

The deadline for stabilization grant application submission is Tuesday November 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Any applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Follow These Easy Steps to Apply

Step One

If you don't have a account, select the Register button to create one.

The link will open a new tab. Close the tab to come back here when you are done.

Step Two

Select the Apply button to apply for a Child Care Stabilization Grant

and log in with your account. Make sure to have your information ready when you log in.

Note: Your application will have a lot of information already completed based on your Facility ID.


To apply for a grant, you must meet eligibility requirements, be in good standing and be a licensed/registered, permitted NYC day care center (Article 47 only), or enrolled as a legally-exempt group program in NYS (enrolled with an enrollment agency) as of March 11, 2021.

Who is Eligible for Stabilization Funds?

Your program must fall within one of the categories listed below:

  • OCFS licensed programs
    • Day Care Centers (DCC)
    • Group Family Day Care (GFDC)
  • OCFS registered programs
    • School Age Child Care (SACC)
    • Family Day Care (FDC)
    • Small Day Care Centers (SDCC)
  • NYCDOHMH permitted programs
    • Article 47 programs only
  • Enrolled Legally Exempt Group Programs
    • Must be enrolled with an enrollment agency

Frequently Asked Questions

What can funds be used for?

Funds can be used for purposes allowed under the Federal ARP ACT Child Care Stabilization Fund guidelines, including:

  • Personnel costs, including payroll, salaries, similar employee compensation, employee benefits, retirement costs, educational costs, child care costs; and supporting staff expenses in accessing COVID-19 vaccines;
  • Rent (including under a lease agreement) or payment on any mortgage obligation, utilities, or insurance; also, may include late fees or charges related to late payments;
  • Facility maintenance or improvements, defined as minor renovations, including outdoor learning spaces/playgrounds, and minor improvements to address COVID-19 concerns;
  • Personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitization supplies and services, or training and professional development related to health and safety practices;
  • Purchases of or updates to equipment and supplies to respond to COVID–19;
  • Goods and services necessary to maintain or resume child care services;
  • Mental health supports for children and employees;
  • Health and safety trainings for staff, including but not limited to CPR, First Aid, and medication administration.
How will funds be received?

Funds will be sent as six-monthly payments, either by direct deposit or by check. Your first payment will be sent within 30 days of the approval of the grant application. If you have an SFS Vendor ID, you will get your funds by direct deposit. If you do not have an SFS vendor ID, you can choose to get your funds by direct deposit or you can have a paper check mailed to the address selected on the grant application. Payments may be interrupted or cancelled if the status of the program changes.

Where can I go if I need help filling out the grant application?

If you need assistance review the training materials available on this page or call the Stabilization Help Line at 844-863-9319. You can also call your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency.

We are a multi-site organization. Do we apply as one organization or for each site?

One application must be submitted for each eligible program.

What should I do if information on my application (e.g., name, email, phone number) is incorrect?

You should reach out to your regulator who will have the information corrected. You will not be able to proceed with the Stabilization application process until this information is corrected.

Have more questions? Download the Complete FAQ or see the Help Center below.

The complete FAQ is also available in other languages.
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Help Center

Contact us by phone:
Stabilization Help Line: 844-863-9319

Contact by Webchat:
Chat online with a representative

M-F: 8:30 AM-8:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00PM

We have extra staff available between 5PM and 8PM Monday-Friday and Saturday from 9AM-1PM. For expedited service, please consider calling during those times.

Application Walkthrough

Getting Started

  1. Create a My ID
  2. Grant Application Access and Login
  3. Provider Verification and Eligibility Status
  4. Application Landing Page: Instructions and Tips

Completing the Application

  1. Application Step One: General Application Information
  2. Application Step Two: Operational Status
  3. Application Step Three: Child Count Information
  4. Application Step Four: Options for Use of Funds
  5. Application Step Five: Estimated Grant Award Amount
  6. Application Step Six: Payment Information
    Application Step Six: Payment Information for SFS Vendors
  7. Application Step Seven: Review Your Application
  8. Application Step Eight: Provider Attestations and Application Submission

Video Walkthrough

Getting Started

  1. How to create a My ID
  2. How to login into the grant application and access the system
  3. Application Instructions and Tips

Completing the Application

  1. How to Complete Step One of the Application
  2. How to Complete Step Two of the Application
  3. How to Complete Step Three of the Application
  4. How to Complete Step Four of the Application
  5. How to Complete Step Five of the Application
  6. How to Complete Step Six of the Application
  7. How to Complete Step Seven of the Application
  8. How to Complete Step Eight of the Application

Directions and Video Walkthroughs in Other Languages

Direcciones en Español

Tutorial en Video – Empezando

  1. Crear una cuenta de My ID
  2. Cómo acceder a la solicitud de subvención e iniciar sesión en el sistema
  3. Cómo empezar la solicitud: Instrucciones y consejos

Tutorial en Video – Completando la Solicitud

  1. Cómo Completar el Primer Paso de la Solicitud
  2. Cómo Completar el Segundo Paso de la Solicitud
  3. Cómo Completar el Tercer Paso de la Solicitud
  4. Cómo Completar el Paso Cuatro de la Solicitud
  5. Cómo Completar el Paso Cinco de la Solicitud
  6. Cómo Completar el Paso Seis de la Solicitud
  7. Cómo Completar el Paso Siete de la Solicitud
  8. Cómo Completar el Paso Ocho de la Solicitud
Other languages
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Options for Use of Funds

You have multiple options for spending your grant money. Use it to make a variety of physical and program updates or improvements, like: maintenance or minor changes to your physical space, buying cleaning supplies or personal protective equipment, paying late fees on business-related bills, getting more play equipment, providing staff training, and finding resources to support staff and children’s mental health.

Helpful Resources for Funding Allocation Decisions

Funding Options in Other Languages

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Bengali / বাংলা
Chinese, traditional / 中文
French / Français
Haitian Creole / Kreyòl Ayisyen
Italian / Italiano
Korean / 한국어
Polish / Polskie
Russian / Pусский
Yiddish / יידיש


Additional Resources

Federal Guidance

Federal Webinars on Child Care Stabilization Grants