March 26 COVID-19 update: OCFS survey helps connect parents to childcare

While the Fayetteville-Manlius School District is partnering with the Hal Welsh East Area YMCA in Fayetteville to provide childcare for children of essential employees, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is also available to help those in need. 

The staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families in finding high-quality childcare. Parents or caregivers who need childcare are asked to complete an OCFS parent need for child care survey. The survey is currently in English, but it is currently being translated and translations will follow.

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 childcare program you need.

Locally, Child Care Solutions of Central New York is available to assist families in finding childcare to meet their family’s needs. When there are limited openings available near the family’s home, Child Care Solutions can also refer them to childcare programs near their place of employment. 

There are about 1,200 childcare openings throughout Onondaga County. Residents, especially “essential” employees as defined by the state, should call the Parent Help team of Child Care Solutions at 315-446-1220, ext. 303, and they will do their best to assist them in finding child care.

More childcare resources

Continued communications

The district will continue to update the community via the district website with any new information and frequently asked questions.  

Any time-sensitive, critical information will be shared via the district’s SchoolMessenger notification system, which sends email, text message and phone call notifications, depending upon how parents subscribed to the system.

More COVID-19 information and previous F-M COVID-19 communications