Children explore through learning in WHEDco's programs


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program.

The funding available includes:

  • $20 million to assist childcare program with reopening and expansion of capacity by providing materials to support a more socially distant model, and for supplies and activities associated with reopening and expansion. This may include partitions, short term rental of space, etc.
  • $45 million in childcare Reopening and Expansion Incentive funds to pay for 50% of the cost of a newly opened classroom (maximum grant amount of $6,000) as an incentivize to open the classroom. The temporary funds will phase out over the second and third months as more parents bring their children back into childcare.

The CARES 2 application and forms have been translated into Spanish, Chinese Traditional, and Chinese Simplified.  These document are posted on the OCFS web site at: under Updates and Announcements. 

The deadline for applying has been extended through 5pm on July 22, 2020.  Completed applications should be submitted to: for review.

Call  347.708.7800 to speak with a WHEDco staff member if you have questions or need assistance.


El gobernador Andrew M. Cuomo anunció que hay $65 millones en fondos de la Ley federal CARES a disposición de los proveedores de cuidado infantil en todo el estado a través del programa de Incentivos para ampliar el cuidado infantil de Nueva York Forward.

Los fondos disponibles incluyen:

  • $20 millones para ayudar al programa de cuidado infantil con la reapertura y la expansión de la capacidad del programa a través de la distribución de materiales para apoyar un modelo con mayor distanciamiento social y para los suministros y las actividades relacionadas con la reapertura y la ampliación. Esto puede incluir particiones, alquileres de espacios a corto plazo, etcétera.
  • $45 millones en fondos del Incentivo para la reapertura y la ampliación de cuidado infantil para cubrir el 50% del costo de un aula recién inaugurada (monto máximo de subsidio de $6,000) para incentivar la apertura de las aulas. Los fondos temporales se reducirán gradualmente durante el segundo y tercer mes, a medida que más padres dejen a sus hijos nuevamente en cuidado infantil.

Las dos oportunidades para solicitar subvenciones federales relacionadas a la Ley de Ayuda, Alivio y  Seguridad  Económica del Coronavirus (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, CARES)  que ofrecen ayuda a los programas de cuidado infantil están disponibles en español en el portal de la Oficina de Servicios para Niños y Familias, bajo “Updates and Announcements”, en: .

La fecha límite para solicitar es el 22 de julio de 2020 hasta las 5 p.m. Las solicitudes completadas deben enviarse por a para ser consideradas.

Llame al 347.708.7800 para hablar con un miembro del personal de WHEDco si tiene preguntas o necesita ayuda.

Improving the quality of childcare through a proven business model!

WHEDco helps women build and grow successful home-based childcare businesses throughout the city, while improving the quality of childcare available to New Yorkers.

Quality childcare during a child’s first five years is crucial to future academic success, and can even mitigate some of poverty’s detrimental effects. Our work has been featured in the New York Times as an impactful program that lays the foundation for structured learning for children and supports home-based childcare providers throughout the city to become trained and licensed.

For Providers: Home-based Childcare Network and Training Institute

WHEDco works with both licensed and legally exempt childcare providers to ensure safety and nutritional standards are met for children during the most crucial stage of cognitive development.

Licensed Providers
In New York State, a license is required to care for three or more unrelated children in your home. Licensed providers are offered ongoing professional development classes to sustain and grow their businesses, and have the opportunity to join WHEDco’s childcare network. Our network is a professional affiliation for childcare providers that offers technical assistance, parent referrals, and access to nutrition programs like the Child and Adult Care Food Program CACFP
Legally Exempt Providers
Caring for fewer than three unrelated children does not require a license. WHEDco manages registration centers throughout New York City that screen more than 45,000 legally exempt childcare providers to enforce health and safety standards and ensure providers have no child-related criminal history. WHEDco also helps legally exempt providers secure state subsidies, while offering them access to comprehensive professional development training and licensing assistance to improve the quality or care they provide, increase revenues, and open fully licensed childcare businesses. Click here for our hub office locations.

Providers, CLICK HERE for information about licensing, training and more.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Click here to read an important notice for legally-exempt providers, and new pre-service health and safety training requirements.

AVISO IMPORTANTE: Oprima aquí para leer un aviso importante para los proveedores de cuidado infantil legalmente exentos, y los nuevos requisitos de capacitación pre-servicio en las áreas de salud y seguridad.

For Parents: Explore your Childcare Options

Through its Home-Based Childcare Program (HBCC), WHEDco works with families to help them explore options, determine their eligibility for subsidies, and provide orientation on how to select the right caregiver for their needs.

We match parents and licensed childcare providers to place children in nurturing home-based day care businesses, where they can develop to their full potential and prepare for a smooth transition to Head Start or Pre-K programs.

Parents, CLICK HERE for information about subsidies, referrals and more.