Counties receive child-care subsidy

ALBANY – More than $794 million is available statewide for child care subsidies, including $545,317 for Fulton County and $703,648 for Montgomery County, a news release said.

Statewide, the funding increased by $55 million over last fiscal year.

The money goes to low-income working families to help pay for child care.

Before this year’s 7.45 percent increase, allocations for the New York State Child Care Block Grant have remained stable for the past five years, the news release said.

The grant is administered by the state Office of Children and Family Services.

In 2013, approximately 223,000 children in the state received child care subsidies. Low-income child care assistance is based on family size, the family’s gross annual income and the reason for care.

“Working parents should not have to choose between affordable care for their children and maintaining a job,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in the news release.

The majority of the state’s counties will receive more funding to support child care subsidies than they had in the prior year, the news release said.

Other counties will see an increase in child care subsidy funds due to a combination of the allocation plus a rollover from the previous year, according to the news release.