Over the past 10 weeks, AQE joined Senator Jabari Brisport in visiting 28 care programs and spoke with over a thousand parents and providers as part of the statewide Child Care Tour. Using the extensive input gathered from the tour participants, today we published a report that illustrates in great detail all the reasons why … Continue reading Let’s make universal child care a reality in New York!
As millions of Black and Brown New Yorkers struggle to recover from the economic effects of the pandemic, Governor Cuomo is refusing to tax his rich friends. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie have taken bold action to tax the wealthy few to fund essential needs for millions, but Cuomo insists … Continue reading Help us get Foundation Aid over the finish line!
After a decade+ of cuts & underfunding, it’s clear that Governor Cuomo doesn’t care about Black communities. New Yorkers are at a breaking point. Covid-19 didn’t cause the current crisis – it uncovered the massive economic disparity in our state. This runaway inequality is the result of years of Cuomo’s austerity budgets and his refusal … Continue reading Governor Cuomo’s Cuts Are Hurting Black Communities
As part of the federal stimulus packages, New York is expected to receive $1.8 billion under the American Rescue Act Plan plus $469 million for child care. New York must invest these funds in the ways we know will help families and the child care sector now. And the New York Legislature, whose members are informed and … Continue reading Tell State Legislators: Include child care in the final state budget!
New York parents cannot get back to work without child care. Yet, New York’s Child Care providers are struggling to keep their doors open at a time when child care is needed more than ever. New York State has not made the investment to pay early childhood educators a living wage and build a system for … Continue reading Let’s build a child care system for all NY families
For the second year in a row, Governor Cuomo is trying to cut funding from public schools. But the governor cannot pass a budget alone. Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie will ultimately join the Governor in making the final decisions in the enacted budget — and right now, they are deciding … Continue reading NY’s elected leaders must prioritize students & child care
With public schools still grappling with how to address the ongoing challenges created by COVID-19, the stakes of the ongoing state budget negotiations in Albany are higher than ever. For years New Yorkers have worked hard to win Democratic control of the State Legislature, and as a result of that statewide effort Democrats now have … Continue reading State Senators Need to Protect Students, Not Ultra Rich
As New York’s State Legislators meet to decide the state’s spending priorities for the coming year, they grapple with much uncertainty about what lies ahead, but one thing is clear: getting pandemic relief and funding to our public schools must be a priority. We simply cannot afford to continue sidelining and ignoring New York’s students any … Continue reading Prioritize students, not the ultra rich
Nearly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, too many students in New York are still struggling to engage in meaningful learning because of a lack of resources. Many children are shut out of remote classrooms without access to laptops, WiFi, language or disability services. Many students, families and educators are cut off from social and … Continue reading NY must invest in our students & their futures
Governor Andrew Cuomo is in the middle of his week-long State of the State addresses outlining his priorities for the coming year. But the Governor has already made it clear with his actions that those priorities do not include public education. Since the onset of the pandemic, Governor Cuomo’s rolling budget cuts have hurt children … Continue reading Tell Gov. Cuomo & Legislators: Protect Students, Not Billionaires!