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$1.67M From Rockland County To Fund Nonprofits

Kids, at a child care center, take part in the Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPHCCS) project that fights obesity, among Child Care Resources of Rockland initiatives.
Kids, at a child care center, take part in the Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPHCCS) project that fights obesity, among Child Care Resources of Rockland initiatives. Photo Credit: Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc.
Volunteers for Keep Rockland Beautiful gathered last fall throughout Rockland County to pick up trash and debris along streets and waterways in an effort to keep water clean.
Volunteers for Keep Rockland Beautiful gathered last fall throughout Rockland County to pick up trash and debris along streets and waterways in an effort to keep water clean. Photo Credit: Keep Rockland Beautiful
Participants practice “dramatic play” at a professional development training provided by Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc.
Participants practice “dramatic play” at a professional development training provided by Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc. Photo Credit: Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc.

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Rockland County is awarding 35 nonprofits a total of $1.67 million for 2016, according to an announcement.

The process for awarding funding to local nonprofit public benefit organizations has been streamlined by the Rockland County Legislature, it said.

“Our revamped mechanism for funding these organizations has been extremely successful, making the application process smoother while also beefing up safeguards to ensure the money awarded is being properly spent,” said Rockland County Legislature Chairman Alden H. Wolfe (D-Montebello).

Wolfe said an additional measure will soon be put in place to allow for even deeper accountability, with the creation of an oversight committee specifically devoted to reviewing all funding applications and associated requirements.

The County funds certain nonprofits pursuant to County Law 224, which allows appropriations for certain public benefit services.

These agencies include Legal Aid Society, the Hi Tor Animal Care Center, and Keep Rockland Beautiful, which keeps the county’s roadsides and waterways free from litter and conducts environmental education, and including Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc.

Child Care Resources, based in Spring Valley, helps family members find out how to select the best early childhood or before/after-school program for their children.

In addition, the agency provides professional development to the staff members of all the early childhood and school age programs in the county.

The agency helped 33 new child care businesses open over an 18-month period by providing technical assistance, said Executive Director Jane Brown.

The $178,020 in County funding awarded to Child Care Resources, also helps businesses in the child care industry. The agency provides health care services and medication administration training, as well as specialized training and coaching for child care programs to become nationally accredited.

The funding is vital to the agency, which provides:

  • 450 families with their child care planning
  • Maintains 600 contacts with child care providers to receive support and advice
  • Five child care programs with their health care plan and environmental safety
  • 200 slots for professional development
  • 50 contacts to child care programs when County emergencies arise
  • Four child care programs with intensive technical assistance in order to become nationally accredited.

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