Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the New York State Office of Children and Family Services has awarded the Department of Social Services (DSS) an additional $9 million to assist low-income working families with child care. Apart from New York City, this increase is the largest amount awarded to a county this year in New York.
County Executive Mangano stated, “An affordable child care program is critically important for working parents who otherwise could not afford day care. We have an obligation to provide day care subsidies to all families that financially qualify for assistance.”
Nassau County receives block grant money from New York State for child care annually. While the state money helps fund approximately 50 percent of the program, Nassau County expends an additional $26 million each year to make certain every eligible child and family receives subsidized child care. According to DSS Commissioner Dr. John Imhof, “This is a program that encourages adult family members to stay gainfully employed, promotes economic self-sufficiency and insures that parents are able to provide for their children’s needs.”
The $9 million received this year will offset the county share for the child care program. We encourage anyone interested in more information on the child care program to access the DSS website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/DSS/daycare/index.html or call (516)-227-7903.