Child care must include ALL New York’s families

Governor Hochul is fighting to exclude some immigrant children from the state’s expansion of child care access. She’s making excuses, blaming federal rules that stipulate that federal dollars for child care can’t be spent on services for undocumented families. But there’s a simple and obvious solution: New York State can establish its own fund, separate … Continue reading Child care must include ALL New York’s families

We need at least $3b for child care, not bail rollbacks

With just a few days left to finalize the budget, Governor Hochul is stalling the process and putting critical community investments — including child care — in jeopardy. Email our State Leaders now and tell them we need a budget with no less than $3 billion for child care! Normally at this point in the … Continue reading We need at least $3b for child care, not bail rollbacks

We need not a penny less than $3b for child care

Since the Senate and Assembly budget proposals came out this weekend we’ve been busy going through the details. Even though the Senate and Assembly proposals both fall short of the $5 billion that our families, child care providers and communities needed, they still provide a downpayment that is crucial for our state. The $3 billion … Continue reading We need not a penny less than $3b for child care

Real economic development means universal child care

High quality early childhood care and education is one of the best investments we can make in our economic future. We’re hearing that support for universal child care is growing in Albany… but there’s a long way to go to get it across the finish line before the budget is due on April 1. Send … Continue reading Real economic development means universal child care

NY has the money for universal child care. Do we have the leadership?

Child Care program providers are being forced to close their doors. Educators are leaving the field for better wages. Parents are quitting their jobs to look after their children. Women, in particular, are being forced to choose between a career and parenthood. This is the current state of child care in New York, one of … Continue reading NY has the money for universal child care. Do we have the leadership?

We’re building a drumbeat for #NYSUniversalChildCare

We have been busy building the momentum for #NYSUniversalChildCare, and yesterday we saw our collective power on full display! We extend our gratitude to everyone who participated — if you were at one of our events in Albany, Utica, Buffalo or New York City; if you were one of the nearly 700 people who showed … Continue reading We’re building a drumbeat for #NYSUniversalChildCare

Child care is education and must be universal

New York’s leaders must prioritize making child care more accessible for families. Early care and education is a right, not a privilege. It is an essential part of our early education system,  to healthy communities, and to our state’s economy, and it must be available to all. We have long known that child care provides … Continue reading Child care is education and must be universal

The majority of NYC’s school aid increase should go to the majority of students

This year, New York City’s public schools are slated to receive a $349 million increase in Foundation Aid. But the majority of New York City’s school aid increase won’t go to the public schools that serve a majority of students— it actually will go to privately run charter schools. How can this be? State law … Continue reading The majority of NYC’s school aid increase should go to the majority of students

Tell Governor Hochul: Make Universal Child Care a Reality in New York!

On January 5, Governor Hochul delivered her inaugural State of the State address to announce her top priorities and proposals for New York State in 2022. When making her address, Governor Hochul proposed increasing access to child care for 100,000 families making up to 225% of the federal level of poverty and investing $75 million … Continue reading Tell Governor Hochul: Make Universal Child Care a Reality in New York!