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.

Empire State Campaign for Child Care

Policy Focus:
  • 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.
Resources:

WAMC Northeast ReportDede Hill, Schuyler Center Director of Policy, NYS business leaders, and other members of the Raising NY early childhood coalition, spoke at a press conference covered by WAMC’s Karen Dewitt about the child care crisis New York employers face amid the pandemic, September 29, 2020

Back to School Checklist for Fall 2020: Child Care, Afterschool Care, and Paid Family Leave, September 10, 2020

Press Release: NY Federal and State Leaders Conduct Child Care is Essential Roundtable, July 23, 2020

Press Release: Governor’s $65M NY Forward Child Care Expansion likely to leave more families of color without access to child care in their own communities, deepening and reinforcing long-standing racial inequities, June 25, 2020

Supporting Families and Powering New York’s Economic Recovery. Raising NY policy brief with recommendations for addressing access to child care in the state’s re-opening strategy while laying the groundwork for a stronger, more equitable high-quality child care system. Schuyler Center is on the steering committee and Kate Breslin is a co-chair of Raising NY, May 2020

The Coronavirus Crisis: Supporting Parents With Young Children. Report of Raising NY, a coalition dedicated to advancing policies supporting NY children 0-3, co-chaired by Kate Breslin, President & CEO of Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.  This report is based on an April 2020 survey of 400 New York families with young children.

Media Advisory:  Winning Beginning NY and Empire State Campaign for Child Care.  Emergency Funds Imperative to Support Child Care Programs and the Families of Essential Workers, March 30, 2020

Letter to Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders from Empire State Campaign for Child Care and Winning Beginning NY urging bold steps to support child care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, March 27, 2020

Letter to Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders about the urgent need to support child care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, March 15, 2020

Empire State Campaign for Child Care/WBNY 2020-2021 Child Care Budget Request, January 2020. 

The State of Early Learning: Growing Crisis for Young Children and Working Families, January 2020.  A report by the Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Campaign, of which Schuyler Center is a member.

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

Winning Beginning NY and Empire State Campaign for Child Care Statement in Response to the State of the State Address, January 8, 2020.

Schuyler Center Comments for HHS Administration for Children & Families Request for Information on Improving Access to Affordable, High Quality Child Care, December 2, 2019

Empire State Campaign for Child Care and Winning Beginning NY 2019-2020 Child Care Budget Request, March 2019

Empire State Campaign for Child Care and Winning Beginning NY Child Care Facts, March 2019

Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Campaign Early Childhood Final Budget Issues. March 26, 2019

Empire State Campaign for Child Care Workforce Survey – Infographic, March 26, 2019

Empire State Campaign for Child Care Workforce Survey Data Summary, March 26, 2019

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

Parents, Providers and Advocates Express Disappointment that Child Care is Largely Overlooked in Governor Cuomo’s 2019 Women’s Agenda, Press Release February 20, 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

Letter to Governor Cuomo regarding Child Care Availability Task ForceDecember 2018

Empire State Campaign for Child Care Provider and Educator Survey , Nov/Dec 2018

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