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.
Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building
Tuesday, May 23rd
Research suggests that safe and reliable child care is critical to a family’s ability to maintain
employment and self-sufficiency, while promoting positive child development. Despite this
evidence, many working families across the State are unable to access quality child care. In
order to better guide policy decisions to assist parents and their children, it is necessary to
identify obstacles to obtaining child care and the implications that lack of access has for families
and the community.
The purpose of this hearing is to examine the need for increased access to quality child care in
New York State as well as the impact on children, families, the labor force and the economy.
The Committees and Taskforce are also interested in hearing from stakeholders regarding the
adequacy of current State and local funding levels to promote the quality and availability of child
Persons wishing to present pertinent testimony to the Committees and Taskforce at the above
hearing should complete and return the enclosed reply form at least twenty four hours prior to
the commencement of the hearing. It is important that the reply form be fully completed and
returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or
Oral testimony will be limited to 10 minutes. In preparing the order of witnesses, the
Committees will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view
of special circumstances. These requests should be made on the attached reply form or
communicated to Committee staff as early as possible. In the absence of a request, witnesses
will be scheduled in the order in which reply forms are postmarked.
Ten (10) copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk.
In order to further publicize these hearings, please inform interested parties and organizations of
the Committees’ and Taskforce’s interest in hearing testimony from all sources.
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Assembly have made its facilities and services available to all individuals with disabilities. For
individuals with disabilities, accommodations will be provided, upon reasonable request, to
afford such individuals access and admission to Senate and Assembly facilities and activities.
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Committee on Children
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