High-quality child care, pre-K and other early learning opportunities can significantly improve educational outcomes for the long-term, and reduce disparities. Research shows that the achievement gap appears long before children reach Kindergarten, and can be evident as early as nine months.
Access to quality child care also enables parents to work and achieve economic stability. Yet, child care in New York is among the most expensive in the nation, costing an average of $15,000 per year for full-day center-based care. This high cost creates significant economic hardship for working New York families and is an impediment to employment. A single parent working full time at $15.00 an hour (higher than the minimum wage in most of the state) would earn an annual salary of $31,000; with only one child, that parent could be required to spend as much as 50% of her income on child care. For many New York families with young children, child care is their largest monthly bill. Yet, due to the shortage of child care subsidies and other .
Child care educators caring for New York’s youngest are paid wages that leave them living at or near poverty without benefits, and can undermine quality due to high turnover and the stress of economic insecurity.supports, approximately 80% of low-income working families must shoulder these high costs alone – or not work.
- Work with the newly created Child Care Availability Task Force toward advancing a comprehensive plan to restructure and equitably expand access to quality child care to all NY families.
- Increase State funding to counties for child care subsidies and program operation to expand equitable access to quality child care to more working families.
- Increase State funding to increase subsidy reimbursement rates to keep struggling providers across the state in business, and enable them to pay their workforce a living wage.
- Ensure immigrant families have access to quality child care.
Press Release. Child and social justice advocates, parents, and child care providers applaud the Senate and Assembly’s investment of $20M to enable more working families to access quality child care. March 14, 2019
County level estimates of percentage of eligible children receiving child care assistance (Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College), February 2019
Access to Pre-K by Labor District (Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College), February 2019
Child Care 2019-20 Legislative Budget Request, February 2019
Schuyler Center Human Services Testimony 01-24-2019, January 2019
The State of Early Learning in New York: Too Many Young Learners Still Left Out, a report by the Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Campaign, of which Schuyler Center is a member. January 2019
Child Care Legislative Priority 2019-20 Budget, January 2019
The Child Care Availability Task Force Must Develop a Bold Plan Press Release, December 6, 2018