The Schuyler Center promotes policies that strengthen and support families, including those that secure or supplement a living wage. Nearly one in four New York children live in poverty; the rate is significantly higher in many New York City neighborhoods and several upstate cities. Childhood poverty can set a child up for a lifetime of challenges that include cognitive, behavioral, social and emotional difficulties, with long-term effects of compromised educational and employment attainment. Most low-income children live in families with parents who work, but their jobs do not pay enough to meet basic needs. National, state and local supports for low-income families reduce poverty and have long-term impacts on children and families.
- Family-supporting wages.
- Facilitate access to and participation in supports that help low-income families, seniors, children, and people with disabilities make ends meet and obtain health care, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, child care assistance, Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).
- Strengthen tax policies that boost economic security for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers, including the Earned Income Tax Credit.
- Assure the availability of high-quality child care for low-income families.
- Improve child care quality; assist programs to improve quality by investing in a quality rating and improvement system (QUALITYstarsNY).
- Maintain and expand the number of children enrolled in high-quality Pre-Kindergarten
Family Economic Security Resources:
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.
Testimony before the Senate Social Services and Aging Committees Hearing pertaining to proposed changes to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Official Poverty Measure (OPM). October 21, 2019. Presented by Dede Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
Reduce Child and Family Poverty by Strengthening Working Family Tax Credits, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, Fiscal Policy Institute, United Way of NYS and The Children’s Agenda, September 2019
Kids from New York working families need more income tax breaks, advocates and lawmakers say in push for reform. New York Daily News. May 30, 2019
Strengthening Family Tax Credits to Reduce Poverty, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, Fiscal Policy Institute, United Way of NYS and The Children’s Agenda, May 30, 2019
Press Release. Legislators, Fiscal Watchdog, Children and Social Justice Advocates and Faith Leaders Urge NY to Take Real Steps To Address Child Poverty and Provide Tax Relief to Low-Income Families by Strengthening NY’s EITC and Child Tax Credit. March 11, 2019
Reworking New York’s Family Tax Credits: Expanding the Empire State Child Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit will Help Move Families and Children Out of Poverty, a brief by the Fiscal Policy Institute, the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, and The Children’s Agenda. March 2019
STRENGTHEN NEW YORK’S WORKING FAMILY TAX CREDITS TO REDUCE CHILD POVERTY AND BOOST FAMILY ECONOMIC SECURITY, 2019-20 Legislative Priority, January 2019
Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2019-20 Executive Budget on Human Services. January 24, 2019. Presented by Dede Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
Schuyler Center Public Comments on the Proposed Expansion of Public Charge, December 10, 2018
Schuyler Center Public Comments on the Detention of Immigrant Children, November 6, 2018
Supporting New York State’s Economic Development Efforts by Expanding Access to Quality Child Care, Child Well-Being Series, September 2017
Schuyler Center’s 2017 infographic, Numbers Tell a Story: Child Poverty and Income Inequality in New York State, examines the prevalence of child poverty across New York State.
Testimony before the Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families, Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families, and Assembly Legislative Task Force on Women’s Issues on Access to Quality Child Care Joint Hearing. May 23, 2017. Presented by Dede Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy on behalf of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, the Center for Children’s Initiatives and the Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Campaign
Expanding the Empire State Child Credit to Cover the Youngest New Yorkers, 2017-18 Policy Position, March 2017
Schuyler Center’s 2016 infographic, Numbers Tell a Story: Child Poverty, examines the prevalence of child poverty across New York State.
Memo in Support of Assembly Anti-Poverty Initiative, March 22, 2016
Testimony submitted to the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2016-17 Executive Budget Human Services Budget Hearing. February 9, 2016. Submitted by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.
Testimony before the National Commission on Hunger. May 13, 2015. Submitted by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.
Early Learning Resources:
Early learning overview, including recommendations for the 2015-16 NYS Budget. January 2015
Pre-K Key Elements, May 2014
No Need to Choose Between Pre-K Plans: What’s Best for Children in NYS? A report by the Alliance for Quality Education, the Center for Children’s Initiatives, Citizen Action of New York, the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. Feb. 26, 2014 See the press release
Governor asked to provide more funding for child care, pre-k and afterschool programs. Legislative Gazette article by Matthew L. Mckibben. Feb. 4, 2014
Putting Students First, Final Action Plan, New NY Education Reform Commission. January 6, 2014
New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC): Provides guidance to the Administration on issues related to early childhood.
Winning Beginning NY (WBNY): The state’s early care and learning coalition educates policymakers and the public about the benefits of early care and education, including home visiting, child care and Pre-K.