Child Care Grant for Faculty and Staff

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Cornell University’s Child Care Grant provides financial assistance by reimbursing you for child care expenses, including infant and toddler child care, pre-school/pre-K programs, care on school holidays, school-age summer day camps/programs, and school-age before/after school care, provided those expenses allow you and your spouse or partner (if applicable) to work or to seek work. By providing you with this fully-funded Grant, Cornell hopes to allow you to explore options and find creative solutions to some of the childcare challenges you face.



The application period for 2023 is closed.




Important updates for 2023

For 2023, Childcare Grant award determinations will continue to be flat dollar amount awards, based on household income and age(s) of child(ren). We will still collect your estimated costs of care/expenses, but we understand that it may be harder for you to estimate your childcare expenses for 2023 and/or needs may be uncertain or change over time. We ask that you be as accurate as possible with the information you provide.

A reminder that Childcare Grant Award eligibility is limited to household incomes below $150,000 in 2023.

Similar to previous full-year Award processing, there will be a three-week window to submit an application. Awards should be granted and received by the first week of November, allowing you time to also enroll in a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) during Open Enrollment, which will occur in November, 2022.

The 2023 awards will be available for childcare expenses you have from January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023.


Expected Timeline for 2023 Childcare Grant Awards

  • Application period opens: Thursday, September 29, 2022
  • Application period ends: Friday, October 21, 4:30 pm EDT, 2022
  • Application review: Monday, October 24 - Monday, October 31, 2022
  • Award notifications to applicants: first week of November, 2022
  • Endowed Open Enrollment: If your grant award is not sufficient for your expenses, you may wish to enroll in a 2023 Flexible Spending Account for Dependent Care, to set aside your own pre-tax contributions in addition to the grant award.


More Information

Please understand that our office continues to be overwhelmed with calls and emails related to Open Enrollment, benefits inquiries, new hire processing, etc. We ask for your patience as responses to calls and emails may take up to 24-72 hours, and we respond in the order in which correspondence is received. We encourage you to read the FAQs, and if you still have questions, email (emails are preferred over phone calls).