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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What you need to know!


The Child Care Council is here to assist you with all of your child care needs, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Contact us online at info@childcaredutchess.org or by calling us at (845) 473-4141.  If you are looking for child care, this form will be sent directly to a referral counselor to help you in your search.

Please be aware that many of our staff are working from home. We are checking voicemail and email regularly and will contact you as soon as possible. 

We are working to ensure that we continue to provide all up to date resources on COVID-19.


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Recently, The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) published a few helpful surveys. Please take a moment to complete the survey that best meets your need. Please note, OCFS is asking child care programs to complete the Survey on Child Care Program Openings every Wednesday.

Survey on Childcare Program Openings: OCFS is collecting information from licensed and registered child care providers to find out whether they have openings in their child care program, and if they have the capacity and desire to serve more children than their established capacity. Providers who have slots available in their program are asked to complete this survey every Wednesday. OCFS will share this information with stakeholders including the local child care resource and referral agencies to help connect parents in need of child care with available slots in their community.

Parent Need for Care Survey: If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high quality child care that they need.

Substitute Survey: If you are interested in helping support your community by helping to keep local child care programs operating-especially to care for children of health care and other critical workers, please complete this Survey for Current Child Care Workers. Your responses will be shared with local child care programs that are in need of staff.

Some translations to these surveys can be found here: Substitute survey: Encuesta de trabajador existente de cuidado infantil.docx