Honorable Andrew Cuomo
Governor of New York
State Capitol, Albany, NY 12224
Senator Tony Avella
902 Legislative Office Building Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12247
Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee
626 Legislative Office Building Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12248
Dear Governor Cuomo, Senator Avella and Assemblymember Jaffee:
Thank you to Governor Cuomo for signing SB 5929(Avella)/AB 7726 (Jaffee), to create a Child Care Availability Task Force, and to Senator Tony Avella; Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee; the NY Legislative Women’s Caucus; the Women of Color Task Force of the Black, Hispanic, Puerto Rican and Asian Legislative Caucus; the legislative leaders of both houses; and all those who voted overwhelmingly on June 14, 2017 to pass the bill that was approved by the Governor earlier this week.
Child care is in crisis. The child care supply is dwindling while those in business struggle to survive. Child Care Council of Orange County Inc. recently held a focus group of child care providers and a forum where providers shared their concerns with legislators in attendance; these were local efforts as part of the Empire State Campaign for Child Care.
What is the crisis?
POTSDAM — There is a crises in child care in New York State. Lack of quality, affordable childcare is a drag on our economy. Blue Carreker, the Upstate Organizer for the Citizen Action of New York, outlines the founding of a new organization in New York State called the Empire State Campaign for Child Care.
This post was written by Blue Carreker is a Statewide Campaign Manager for Citizen Action of New York and a founding member of the Empire State Campaign for Childcare (ESCCC) as part of our PowHer the Vote 2017 campaign.
New Yorkers have been working hard together to grow our economy, and put people back to work. Responding to statewide movements, our leaders have recently enacted one of the most generous paid family leave programs in the country, raised the minimum wage for most workers, and begun the expansion of publicly-funded Pre-K for 3 and 4 year olds. Through these initiatives, we have begun to address our state’s unacceptably high wealth disparity and longstanding problems of discrimination based on sex, gender, and race. But we will not be able to continue this progress if our state does not address the growing number of families without access to affordable, quality child care.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
ASSEMBLY LEGISLATIVE TASKFORCE ON WOMEN’S ISSUES
NOTICE OF HEARING
SUBJECT: Access to quality child care
PURPOSE: To examine the barriers to accessing quality child day care and how such lack of
access relates to a variety of issues including child development, family stability
and the economy.
BY KYLE HUGHES, NYSNYS NEWS
ALBANY, N.Y. >> Female state lawmakers urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint a state child care task force Wednesday, citing the recent budget that resulted in reduced funding for daycare subsidies.
The Legislative Women’s Caucus said child care is underfunded by the state’s new $163 billion budget, with just 17 percent of eligible children getting a subsidized child care placement. The budget ended up cutting $7 million in child care subsidies and $2.5 million from the Advantage Afterschool program based in public schools, the group said.
BY JOHN CAMPBELL
ALBANY - A $7 million cut to a popular New York child care subsidy could affect hundreds of children from low-income families statewide, according to lawmakers and advocacy groups.
New York's $153 billion state budget, which took effect last month, included $799 million in state funding for child care subsidies for the poor, down from $806 million the previous fiscal year.
The cut was the result of push-and-pull negotiations and maneuvering over how to close a funding gap for the program in the state's annual spending plan, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers approved April 9.
LWC gathers to discuss budget impacts on top priorities
Albany, NY – Banding together behind the priorities its members chose at the beginning of 2016, the bi-partisan Legislative Women’s Caucus (LWC) gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday to discuss how those priorities fared in the 2017-18 State Budget and called on the Governor to create a new task force to examine these issues. Child care and afterschool were selected as areas of focus during the term of its current Chair, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.
New York Children’s Advocates: “This Budget Does Not Reflect the State’s Commitment to its Children!”
With the federal government poised to drastically cut programs that provide essential supports to low-income people, this year’s budget carries more significance than ever and, as the Governor has said, “is a statement of [New York’s] values.” If that is the case, then this budget suggests that New York values its families and children very little, particularly those least able to advocate for themselves: low-income working families, and children in foster care.