Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2016


Program aims to streamline training and licensing process for in-home childcare centers, providing NYCHA residents with tutorials and tools for becoming successful business owners

In its first year, 40 participants will benefit from the free, 15-week business course

NEW YORK–– The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), Citi Community Development, Business Outreach Center Network (BOCNet) and Child Development Support Corporation (CDSC) today announced the launch of Childcare Business Pathways, a free 15-week program that will connect public housing residents with the resources, training, licenses, grants and supplies to launch home-based childcare businesses.

Childcare Business Pathways aims to streamline the training and licensing process for in-home childcare centers, as well as provide residents with the necessary education to become successful business owners. Program participants receive free training to complete the New York State childcare business application and to prepare their homes for the required Department of Health and Mental Hygiene inspections. They also get free safety training including first aid, CPR, and medication administration.

The free 15-week business course is administered by SBS, BOCNet and CDSC at NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES) in Brooklyn. NYCHA will launch the program on Monday, October 3rd, and enroll a total of 40 participants through next year.

Childcare Business Pathways builds on the successes of the Food Business Pathways program – one piece of the multi-partner “Doorways to Opportunity” initiative, announced last year and supported by Citi Community Development with $1.4 million in funding, which provides New York City public housing residents with access to employment opportunities, free financial counseling, and entrepreneurship training. Food Business Pathways has resulted in 72 new food businesses owned by public housing residents.

“Empowering residents to start and grow their own businesses is one part of NYCHA’s strategy to create more connected public housing communities,” said NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye. “This innovative collaboration will strengthen pathways to economic opportunity for residents while providing more safe, affordable childcare options for families across our city.”

“The Childcare Business Pathways Program is another example of how SBS is helping the City’s economy to thrive, by giving low and middle-income entrepreneurs the tools to build successful businesses in key economic sectors,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services. “Given the success of our Food Business Pathways program with NYCHA, we are excited to see this new program create a brand new team of professionals who will deliver an essential service to New York City’s families.”

“Citi is proud to collaborate with NYCHA, SBS and BOCNet to build a more inclusive city that empowers all its residents with greater economic opportunities,” said Eileen Auld, New York Tristate Director, Citi Community Development. “This program will support NYCHA communities by enabling entrepreneurial residents to launch new home-based businesses, growing their income while providing families with safe childcare.”

"The Childcare Business Pathways program has created a powerful set of resources and a collective approach to support both economic opportunity and quality home-based childcare,” said Nancy Carin, Executive Director of BOCNet. “Business Outreach Center Network (BOC) is proud to join NYCHA, SBS and Citi as a partner based upon our decade-long work supporting childcare business development in NYC."

“Child Development Support Corporation (CDSC) is proud to collaborate with NYCHA, SBS and CITI to implement the Childcare Business Pathway Program. CDSC will be providing comprehensive professional development, resources and technical assistance to prepare NYCHA’s residents to become child care business owners,” said Marcia Rowe-Riddick, Executive Director of CDSC. “Helping to increase the availability of quality child care throughout New York City and empowering individuals toward self-sufficiency have guided CDSC’s work with the child care community for over 40 years.”

"This new initiative seeks to improve access to economic opportunities for public housing residents, and can transform residents' lives. By giving NYCHA tenants the resources to start their own childcare businesses, Childcare Business Pathways can help bolster an entrepreneurial spirit and economic outcomes. I look forward to the program creating new business-savvy entrepreneurs that will contribute to the economy and their communities," said Council Member Ritchie Torres, Chair of the City Council Committee on Public Housing.

“Our best investment is in our own community. There are many talented, passionate, and caring individuals that can accomplish great things if given access to resources and guidance,” said Council Member Stephen Levin. “I applaud this collaborative approach among partners, both public and private, that has done, and will continue to do great things for our community.”

Connecting residents to quality workforce opportunities is a key strategy outlined in NextGeneration NYCHA, the Authority’s 10-year strategic plan. NYCHA residents have an average annual household income of $23,300 and many lack access to workforce, educational, and other services that would enable them to become “job-ready” and prepared to advance along career pathways. Through greater coordination with City agencies and community partners, NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability has been working to create innovative business development, training, and employment opportunities.

REES will host Childcare Business Pathways information sessions in October. NYCHA residents interested in participating should log onto or call 718-289-8100 for more information.


About New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA):
The New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) mission is to increase opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services. To that end, NYCHA administers a Conventional Public Housing Program as well as a citywide Section 8 Leased Housing Program in rental apartments, together serving more than 600,000 New Yorkers. Learn more at and on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, @NYCHA.

About NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES):
NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability (REES) develops and implements programs, policies and partnerships, to measurably support residents’ increased income and assets, in four key areas: Business Development, Financial Literacy and Asset Building, Employment and Advancement, and Adult Education and Training. REES’ Business Development Unit’s priorities are to provide residents with access to business education, space and capital to empower them to build sustainable, livable wage producing businesses. Learn more at

About New York City Small Business Services (SBS):
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building a fairer economy in neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

About Citi:
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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About Business Outreach Center Network (BOCNET):
Business Outreach Center Network’s mission is to improve the economic prospects of traditionally underserved groups, with a focus on low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs and their communities, and thereby create genuinely brighter futures.

About Child Development Support Corporation (CDSC):
Child Development Support Corporation is a community-based, not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1975. CDSC began as a self-help group headed by parents to provide child care for families in the Fort Greene and Bedford-Stuyvesant sections of Brooklyn, New York. Today, they helps over 6,000 families annually to access child care information and resources, and connect them to subsidy funding to pay for their child care needs. They also assist low-income child care providers to become successful entrepreneurs by providing intensive business, legal, child care skill, and accounting assistance.