Expanding child care in Broome County

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A new program looks to increase the number of child care providers in Broome County. 

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo announced a $20,000 grant to be used for the Growing Child Care pilot program.

The grant is expected to create 60 additional child care slots throughout the county. 

The main way it will do this is by helping legally-exempt in-home care providers become registered providers. 

Legally exempt providers can care for two children at a time while registered can care for up to eight.

This program will help pay for the training and certain home repairs to transition the providers to registered.

Director of Child Care Resource and Referrals for the Family Enrichment Network Jennifer Perney says this will lead to all sorts of benefits for the area. 

“Parents, can work, if parents have child care then they can go to work. Right now if they have no place for their children they’re not going to be able to go back into the work place. If they just had the baby or looking for a job they can’t work. So I think it helps the entire economy,” Perney says.

Anyone who is interested in this new program or opening a child care business can contact the Family Enrichment Network by calling 607-723-8313. 

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