Parents, Providers and Advocates Express Disappointment that Child Care is Largely Overlooked in Governor Cuomo’s 2019 Women’s Agenda
Empire State Campaign for Child Care
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February, 20, 2019
Contact: Dede Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
(518) 463-1896, ext. 138 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Carreker, Facilitator, Empire State Campaign for Child Care; Campaign Manager, Citizen Action of New York & Public Policy and Education Fund of New York
(518) 466-8500 / email@example.com
Parents, Providers and Advocates Express Disappointment that Child Care is Largely Overlooked in Governor Cuomo’s 2019 Women’s Agenda Governor Cuomo’s 2019 Women’s Agenda unveiled yesterday contains no proposals to meaningfully expand access to quality care to the thousands of families currently unable to access child care assistance, although child care is among the most critical issues facing New York women in their role as parents, as child care educators, and as small business owners.
New York’s failure to lead on child care stands in stark contrast to visionary proposals coming out of Washington. One leading proposal is Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA)’s Child Care for Working Families that would increase the number of children who could receive child care assistance by more than 13 times the current amount, with particular attention to infant and toddler care.
Access to affordable quality child care is essential to women’s economic security. Lack of equitable access to quality, affordable child care causes many parents – overwhelmingly women – to drop out of the workforce for longer periods of time, sharply reducing family income for the period the caregiver is out of the workforce, and lowering future earnings and retirement savings. Child care expenses are also a leading contributor to family poverty. Yet, due to underinvestment in child care for low-income families, it is estimated that fewer than 20% of eligible low-income families who could benefit from receiving subsidy assistance from New York State receive it.
And, underinvestment in New York’s child care system harms the child care workforce, which is overwhelmingly women. Many of the child care educators caring for New York’s youngest are paid wages that leave them living at or near poverty. The average median wage for a child care educator in New York is $12.38 an hour or $25,760 per year.
Finally, the lack of investment in child care means that child care providers, which are largely small, women-run businesses, cannot keep up with escalating operating costs because subsidy
Were you in Albany for the February 6 Early Childhood Advocacy Day? We had an estimated 200 participants and visited an estimated 100 legislator offices delivering our message that the state needs to increase funding for child care by $100 million this year.
We also had 52 activists who generated 100 tweets reaching almost 60,000 accounts with over 150,000 impressions
Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Early Care Advocacy Day a great success! Thank you, in particular, to our speakers who shared their stories and motivated us all at the rally! Also thanks to AQE, NYUCCC, and the Catholic Conference for joining our rally. Senator Kennedy and Assembly members Jean Pierre, Peoples-Stokes and Wallace gave great speeches!
Many families rely on grandparents to babysit because quality child care is hard to find and even harder to afford.
A 2017 report from Child Care Aware, a national education and referral organization, says that child care in New York is the most expensive in the country. Less than 22 percent of eligible working families receive a child care subsidy, and tax credits are insufficient to truly help middle-class families afford the high cost. Yet, almost 60 percent of child-care workers in New York earn wages that put them below the poverty threshold and make them eligible for public assistance.
Empire State Campaign for Child Care
STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO STATE OF THE STATE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2018
Contact: Dede Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy Facilitator, Empire State Campaign for Child Care (W) 518/463-1896, ext. 138 (C) 519/979-6616 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Empire State Campaign for Child Care is made up of advocates for children and families, child care providers, parents, faith and union leaders from across the state, all committed to achieving equitable access to quality child care for all New York children and working families. Formed over the summer in response to last year’s cuts to child care subsidies for low-income working families, our membership numbers more than 45 organizations along with dozens of individuals, and is growing.
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.