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The CARES Scholarship Program has been extended through June 30, 2020

Updated: May 29, 2020

Who is considered “Essential” for Emergency Child Care Scholarship?

Specific Guidance regarding the classification of essential workers who are required to work outside of their home as defined by Executive Order 202 can be found here.

How to enroll?

If you meet the definition of an essential employee living in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Wyoming Counties and have child care needs, register here to complete the COVID-19 Parent Application for CARES Child Care Scholarship.

Parents will be contacted by ACCORD’s Child Care Resource and Referral within two business days. Your CCR&R will follow up on next steps to gather information about your household and help you identify a participating child care provider.

If your child is currently enrolled in a licensed or registered child care program you can continue to utilize its services while your application is pending.

For all other families, the CCR&R will use the information you provide to establish that you are an essential employee, enroll you in Emergency Child Care Scholarship, and to ensure that the child care program is paid.

Licensed and Registered Child Care Programs

Register here if you are providing services to essential employee(s). ACCORD CCR&R must have your application on record for you to receive direct payment through the CARES Child Care Scholarship fund on behalf of essential employees enrolled in your program.

You will be contacted by ACCORD’s Child Care Resource and Referral within two business days to follow up on next steps and to gather any additional information regarding your program as needed.

The Parent and Provider/Program application links can also be found on Child Care Services page of ACCORD’s website at,

If you have questions about the CARES Child Care Scholarship Program or need to submit documentation CCR&R has requested, please e-mail:

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