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
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 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
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
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
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!
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!