Child Care

Child Care Scholarships for Essential Workers

Child care costs covered for essential staff whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level (or $79,500 for a family of four) and will be paid up to market rate for each region statewide for children aged six weeks through 12 years. 
Poverty Level Guidelines 

Families currently receiving child care scholarships under the CARES Act are encouraged to also apply for this new funding opportunity—CARES child care scholarships will end on June 28 and those currently receiving CARES scholarships will need to reapply.  Parents can apply for funding through a single online application, and providers will be paid directly on behalf of the parent.  The online application can be submitted starting June 23, 2021, until funds are depleted.  Applications will be processed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Child Care Resource & Referral Agency

If you want help locating child care or have questions about child care, call 800-424-4532. The CCRR will be able to give you names of providers in your area that may meet your child care needs. Remember though, this is just a starting point. You will need to contact the provider to see if they have space available for your child and to visit the provider to make sure for yourself that this is the right match for you.

Financial Assistance

In general, families are eligible for financial assistance if they meet New York State's low-income guidelines and need child care to work or attend employment-related training.


You are guaranteed child care if you are receiving Temporary Assistance and need child care in order to meet work participation requirements.You may be eligible for child care for one year after leaving Temporary Assistance if your case is closed because you went to work and need child care so you can continue to work. The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services determines eligibility for child care assistance based on income, reasons for needing child care, and your child's age and individual needs.

How to Apply

If you interested in applying for child care or for information about eligibility requirements, please call the Child Care Team pre-screen appointment lines at:

  • Mayville Area: 716-753-4192
  • Jamestown Area: 716-661-7133
  • Dunkirk Area: 716-363-4133

Applicants Rights and Responsibilities

What You Should Know About Your Rights and Responsibilities (LDSS-4148A)

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What You Should Know About Social Services Programs (LDSS-4148B)

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What You Should Know If You Have An Emergency (LDSS-4148C)

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