Early Care & Learning

Child Care Advocacy Day, February 4, 2020

On February 4, 2020, Schuyler Center and the Empire State Child Care Campaign (ESCCC) held a Child Care Advocacy Day, co-sponsored with Winning Beginning NY. More than 250 providers, parents, and advocates came to Albany to bring visibility to our broken child care system and to urge support for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget ask. Two buses brought participants up from the New York City region, while another bus came from Rochester.  A lively rally and press conference took place at noon on the Million Dollar Staircase.

More than a dozen lawmakers joined us, including Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families, Assemblymembers Michaelle Solages, Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Carmen de la Rosa, and Carrie Woerner, Senators Jessica Ramos, Julia Salazar, Catalina Cruz, as well as Scott Stringer, Comptroller of the City of NY and author of an exciting proposal to provide universal access to child care in NYC – NYC Under 3. Senator Harry Bronson and Assemblymembers Didi Barrett, Pat Fahey and Shelly Mayer were in attendance as well.  

Watch a video of our own Dede Hill as she leads the charge at the rally and speaks about the need to fund child care.

Press Release: Winning Beginning NY and Empire State Campaign for Child Care Statement in Response to the Executive Budget, January 24, 2020

NPS/WBFO news coverage: ‘Almost impossible to find a slot:’ State’s child care crisis worst for upstate, WNY infants, February 4, 2020

Digital Magazine: #FundChildCare: Child Care keeps children learning & parents earning. We can’t afford to ignore the growing crisis in child care this year.

Action Network Letter Writing Campaign: Working Families Need Affordable Child Care!

2020-2021 Child Care Executive Budget Request, November 2019


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