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Raising NY Plan to Safely Reopen Child Care in Support of New York’s Recovery

On Monday, May 18th, 2020, the Raising NY Coalition released a plan to offer affordable, safe, high-quality child care during this ongoing public health crisis, and to begin rebuilding the child care system to make it stronger and more equitable than before the pandemic. New York cannot reopen without essential supports for our children and families—including child care.

The Raising NY coalition is a diverse statewide coalition of parent, early childhood, education, civil rights, business, and health organizations dedicated to increasing the number of children who are on track for school readiness and is co-chaired by Schuyler Center President and CEO Kate Breslin.

Parents of infants and toddlers across New York State are experiencing intense financial insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic, with the crisis exacerbating pre-existing inequities among communities of color and families from low-income backgrounds. At the same time, more than a quarter of child care providers are closed due to the pandemic, and without significant financial support, many may not be able to reopen.

The federal emergency relief and stimulus bill known as the CARES Act provided New York State with significant funding to address critical child care needs. The plan recommends how those and other available funds can be most effectively invested to meet the immediate, emergency needs of families and providers, and to begin to implement longer-term reforms to expand access to quality child care to more infants and toddlers.

For more information: Raising New York Plan

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