Section II: Facilitated Enrollment Demonstration Projects
Beginning in 2002, the New York State Legislature transferred some of the State’s TANF funding into the CCBG for four demonstration projects to increase access to, and improve the effectiveness of, the child care subsidy program for low-income working families. Funds have been re-appropriated by the Legislature annually. The two major strategies that these subsidy demonstration projects have employed are: streamlining of the enrollment process and increasing financial eligibility levels (up to 275 percent of the State Income Standard). The four demonstration projects are: Children’s Institute, Inc. for the Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Project in Monroe County; Consortium for Worker Education, Inc. for the Assembly Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Project in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and targeted high needs areas in Manhattan (known as the Liberty Zone); Consortium for Worker Education, Inc. for the Senate Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Project in targeted high needs areas in Queens; and the Workforce Development Institute, Inc. for the Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Project for the counties of Albany, Oneida, Rensselaer, and Schenectady.
Each facilitated enrollment agency is responsible for subsidies by providing working-parent families with initial intake, consumer education, and collection
assisting applicants for child care a single streamlined process for
projects identify families for child care subsidies.
with work-related child care needs The facilitated enrollment agency
who are helps to
accessibility to and weekends
services by at worksites
allowing parents the opportunity to and other community-based venues,
apply during in addition to
coordinates a system with the local social services district for the
submission of determination,
remains responsible for processing payments to claims for reimbursement of expenditures for child
care providers, subsidies to the
and submits State.
In the SFY 2008-09 State Budget appropriation language, each facilitated enrollment agency was required to submit an evaluation of its project including the number of children served and the percentage of families served with incomes above 200% of the State Income Standard. The following is a summary of this data:
Children’s Institute, Inc. for the Child Care Monroe County served 447 children, of which above 200% of the State Income Standard. OCFS by the required date of October 1, 2008.
Facilitated Enrollment Project in 44% of the families had incomes The evaluation was submitted to
Consortium for Worker Education, Inc. for the Assembly Child Care Facilitated
Enrollment Project served 1,192 children, of which 24% incomes above 200% of the State Income Standard. submitted to OCFS by the required date of October 1, 2008.
of the families The evaluation
Consortium for Worker Education, Inc. for the Senate Child Care Facilitated
Enrollment Project served 78 children, of which 36% of the families had incomes