For Providers

Photo taken during a visit to one of our Home-Based Childcare Program participants.


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.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on July 15, 2020.

New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive and Temporary Operating Assistance Application For Licensed Providers

New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive and Temporary Operating Assistance Application For Legally-Exempt Providers

Both of these documents are also posted on the OCFS website and can be found at: 

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


Our Home-Based Childcare Program aims to improve early childhood health and education outcomes in our communities through the home-based childcare setting.

WHEDco works with childcare providers through the following steps:

  • Professional development and training opportunities for childcare providers in health, nutrition, child development, and program activities
  • Providing regular monitoring & visits to each childcare provider to ensure that they are meeting childcare standards and to help them make improvements to their programs
  • Providing technical assistance and ongoing support
  • Training providers to implement elements of research-based curricula to meet the early learning and developmental stages of children, and to help parents be involved in their child’s development and success
  • Training on bookkeeping, reporting, and tax filing for deductible business expenses
  • Enrolling childcare providers in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to help them serve healthy foods to children in care
  • Filing claims for payment and reimbursement to help keep their businesses generating revenue

Home-based Childcare Training Institute

The Training Institute offers all childcare providers -whether they’re licensed, registered, or legally exempt- comprehensive professional development training and licensing assistance so they can improve the quality of care they provide, increase their revenues, and grow their existing businesses.

Trainings are held in these topic areas:

  • Family Daycare Regulations
  • Health & Safety
  • Child Development
  • Nutrition
  • Contracts & Policies
  • Accounting & Taxes
  • Marketing
  • Liability Insurance
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential: available to select licensed & registered caregivers within WHEDco’s network affiliates.

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.

Check out our current and upcoming training calendars: