JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, additional assembly members and senators across the state joined together Thursday to rally behind the child care industry. Lupardo was joined locally by representatives of the Family Enrichment Network and local child care centers. To support childcare across the state, the federal government included $162 million as part of CARES act funding. When the Pandemic forced everything to close back in March, child care centers took a big hit as most of their income is produced through parent payments. CARES Act II funding, supported grants to programs for reopening or expand capacity. This resulted in 25 percent of child care programs and 30 percent of school-aged child care centers to close. Part one of this funding supported the operating costs and the purchase of health and safety supplies. “When these parent payments went away, programs had reduced or no income back in march. Child care programs that have remained open or since reopened have increased health and safety standards to follow, extra cleaning and sanitizing they have to do. The supplies are hard to come by and have added extra costs to the already tight budgets of programs.” said Jennifer Perney from the Family Enrichment Network. The advocacy across the state follows an Aug. 4 letter to the governor from state legislators on both sides of the aisle, calling for the release of CARES act funding. CARES Act I funds have been fully spent, but tens of millions of dollars in CARES Act II have yet to be allocated.