ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)-- THIS WEEK GOv. KATHY HOCHUL ANNOUNCEd A $100 MILLION COMMITMENT TO ADDRESS THE CHILDCARE SHORTAGE.  

THE ANNOUNCEmenT INCLUDES $50 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW CHILDCARE CENTERS AND REGISTERED SCHOOL-AGE CHILDCARE PROGRAMS.  

THE GRANT FUNDING WILL ALSO HELP EXPAND EXISTING CENTERS.  

THE ADDITIONAL $50 MILLION WILL GO TO ELIGIBLE BUSINESSES TO CREATE OR EXPAND INFANT AND TODDLER CHILDCARE SEATS FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES DIRECTLY OR THROUGH A THIRD PARTY.  

GOV. HOCHUL, during HER ANNOUNCEMENT, EMPHASIZEd SHE UNDERSTANDS THE CHALLENGES OF CHILDCARE.  

“I know what this can do. It kept me from my career many years ago when I didn't have any alternatives. And so, this is an issue that I feel deeply about that. I want to make sure that all families have access to good, high quality, affordable childcare,” she said. 

GOV. HOCHUL SAid as THE NEXT SESSION APPROACHES HER OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT WAYS TO ADDRESS CHILDCARE SHORTAGES—INCLUDING PAY INCREASES FOR CHILDCARE WORKERS.