New York City

Many family child care programs (FCCs) in the city – already operating on shoestring budgets – lost nearly 70% of their incoming revenue during the first week of sheltering-in-place. These providers were at risk of losing not only their businesses, but also of losing their homes from which they operate.

In response, LIIF and The JPB Foundation launched the New York City Child Care Emergency Grant Program in June 2020 to provide emergency relief grants to FCC providers throughout the city. Through a rigorous selection process, which prioritized lower income zip codes hardest hit by the pandemic, LIIF funded 219 FCC programs. These grant funds helped providers keep their doors open so that they could continue to serve their communities safely. These providers serve the families of essential workers and remain a critical part of the city’s economic recovery and pandemic response. LIIF will continue to provide technical assistance and business supports to the grantees through the next year.

LIIF has also launched the NYC CORE Grant program to provide relief to eligible FCC providers who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Assistance from the CORE Grant, which stands for “Covid Rent,” is intended to meet rent and utilities expenses required for the maintenance of licensed child care capacity.

For more information about LIIF’s NYC programs, email


NYC Community Advisory Committee

After the stay-at-home orders were in place, LIIF quickly assembled a Community Advisory Committee of local ECE experts, advocates, and funders to thoughtfully design a grant program that would most equitably get this funding into the hands of small business owners that provided this essential service. Members of the committee have elected to continue serving as thought partners while LIIF continues to support child care programs in New York City. The group consists of representatives from the following organizations:

  • All Our Kin
  • Alphadyne Asset Management
  • Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation
  • Early Childhood Partners NYC in the New York Community Trust
  • Guttman Foundation
  • High Impact Partnering
  • Maeva Social Capital
  • Laura Ensler Consulting, LLC
  • Lutheran Social Services of New York
  • NYC Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Education
  • ParentChild+
  • QUALITYstarsNY
  • WHEDco (Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation)

It has been a godsend to learn that there are people looking out for us!  We are so used to being at the end of the line.

Want to participate in LIIF’s COVID-19 Child Care Relief Effort?

Your generosity will provide direct relief to those child care businesses left vulnerable by the pandemic. Please contact us to learn more about how to contribute to our regional relief efforts.

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