Nancy Cutler, of the Rockland/Westchester Journal news, interviewed Vicky Caramante, executive director of Resources of Rockland regarding the importance of investing in quality child care in New York.
photo credit: Ricky Flores, email@example.com
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.
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.