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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Job Openings

Current Job Opportunities in Child Care

For candidates interested in working in the child care industry.
Be sure to contact the program directly.


Date Received: 9/26/17
Job Title: Group Leaders
Program Name: CLUSTER Inc. After-School Program
Job Description: Group Leaders needed to assist school aged children in CLUSTER's After School Program
Education and/or Experienced Required: High School diploma or general equivalency is a must. A college degree or pursuing a college degree in the field of Education or Psychology is desired. Previous experience working with children and planning activities. Restorative practices and/or conflict resolution experience a plus. Dance, physical fitness or martial arts expereience is a plus. First and and CPR certifications is a plus. Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus. Depending on site placement, Group Leaders can work either 2 hours/day or 3 hours/day. 5 days a week following the Public School Calendar.
Program Address: 20 South Broadway
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Phone: 914-963-6440
Fax: 914-963-4566
Website: www.clusterinc.org
Salary: Varies depending upon experience.


Date Received: 9/20/17
Job Title: Floater
Program Name: YWCA Children's Learning Center
Job Description: Assisting in the classrooms ranging from infants to preschool.
Education and/or Experienced Required: Working on CDA or Associates Degree
Program Address: 515 North Street
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Phone: 914-949-6227
Fax: 914-949-2021
Website: www.ymcawpcw.org
Salary: TBD


Date Received: 9/18/17
Job Title: Teacher Assistant/ Family Day Care
Program Name: Kids Are People, Inc.
Job Description: Looking for a bright and energetic teaching assistant to  join our group family day care. Must be comfortable working with children ages 16 months to 4 years old. Must be willing to complete 15 hours of training courses through NYS Office of Services. Must be certified in pediatric first-aid and CPR with American Red Cross or American Heart Association.
Education and/or Experienced Required: Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. 7-10 years of experience with children in a daycare or early childhood setting. Maintin professional manner and respect confidentiality. Contribute to ongoing planning of the program and assist in the implementation of those plans.
Program Address: 7 Apple Tree Lane
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Phone: 914-497-1919
Fax: 914-472-2502
Website: www.kidsarepeopleinc.com
Salary: $10-$13/hr


Date Received: 9/12/17
Job Title: Toddler Teacher
Program Name: Bright Horizons
Job Description: Teaching toddlers at Bright Horizons you will encourage toddlers budding skills as they explore and experiment, enjoy collaborating with a talented team of early childhood professionals, develop emergent curriculum that is designed to inspire, partner with parents to guide and share their child's growth, nurture your career aspirations and personal growth, and impact the lives of children each and every day. At Bright Horizons we our people are our greatest asset and support the whole person, enabling you to have the capacity, energy, and resiliency to successfully integrate work and personal life. 
Education and/or Experienced Required: Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. 12 Months of professional teaching experience preferred. Must meet state requirements for education and additional center/school requirements may apply.
Program Address: Westchester
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Phone: 475-221-1925
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Website: www.brighthorizons.com/careers
Salary: $11.00-$15.00 an hour


Date Received: 9/12/17
Job Title: Quality and Compliance Monitor
Program Name: Bright Horizons
Job Description: Provide leadership and support to the classroom teachers to ensure the classroom and center achieve 100% compliance with standards for the industry, including State licensing, NAEYC standars, as well as all Bright Horizon's health and safety expectiations and internal quality assurance instruments. Monitor children each time there is a transition, group transitions and monitor tracking sheets. Observe classrooms, teaching teams and serve as a role model. Develop and implement internal action plans for systems improvement, staff training, and documentation. Provide feedback to the Center Director as well as the Regional Manager if needed. The hours for this position are Monday - Friday 9am-4pm but could vary based on the needs of the center. 
Education and/or Experienced Required: AA or BA in ECE. Elementary Education or related field preferred. Well versed in New York State Licensing regulations, NAEYC accreditation criteria, and Bright Horizons internal policies and procedures including Health, Safety, and Supervisions. Strong orginizational skills and the ability to handle multople tasks. Strong analytical and problem solving skills, oral and written communication skills. Ability to lead and serve as a role model to teaching teams.
Program Address: Westchester
Email Address: NThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 475-221-1925
Fax: 
Website: www.brighthorizons.com/careers
Salary: $13.00-$14.00 an hour


Date Received: 9/12/17
Job Title: Child Care Director
Program Name: Eastridge Enrichment Center
Job Description: Play a key role in creating and refining center's culture by suppording teachers in development of an innovative, hands-on, emergent curriculum designed for the children in your care and building an environment where the children, families, and staff thrive. Grow your team by hiring, training, supervising, and inspiring a team of passionate, committed teachers. Collaborate with families to support the education needs of their children. Play an integral role in continuing the Bright Horizons commitment to quality.
Education and/or Experienced Required: Bachelor's degree in ECE or Elementary Education, or a related field. High school diploma/GED required. 3-5 years managmenet/leadership experience. A combination of infant, toddler or preschool teaching experience. Well versed in NAEYC accreditation and licensing standards. Strong leadership, supervisory, and customer service skills and ability to create/maintain partnerships with families and staff. 
Program Address: 109 Corporate Park Drive, White Plains NY
Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 617-309-7851
Fax: 
Website: www.brighthorizons.com/careers
Salary: $57k - $60k plus potential and full benefits package


Date Received: 9/12/17
Job Title: Child Care Director
Program Name: Lamont Doherty Child Development Center
Job Description: Inspire passion in your teachers, have a moment of pure connection with a child or parent. Play a key role in creating and refining the center's culture by supporting teachers in the development of hands on, innovative, and emergent curriculum. Grow your team by hiring, training, and supervising your team of committed teachers, collaborate with families to support and share the educational needs of their children, play an integral role in continuing the Bright Horizons commitment to quality. 
Education and/or Experienced Required: Bachelor's degree in ECE or Elementary Education, or a related field. High school diploma/GED required. 3-5 years managmenet/leadership experience. A combination of infant, toddler or preschool teaching experience. Well versed in NAEYC accreditation and licensing standards. Strong leadership, supervisory, and customer service skills and ability to create/maintain partnerships with families and staff. 
Program Address: 135 Route 9 W Palisades, NY
Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 617-309-7851
Fax: 
Website: www.brighthorizons.com/careers
Salary: $51k - $56k plus potential and full benefits package



 

 

 

 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

School-Age Conference

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Friday, April 10, 2015

2014 Awards Breakfast

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Friday, April 10, 2015

2014 Family Tech Day

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Newsletter Archive

Donor/Supporter Newsletters

The Council sends newsletters to donors and supporters.

Parent Connections Newsletters

The Council provides e-newsletter for parents.

  • external link icon September 2017: Does Your Care Giver Know Where Your Child Is At All Times, Outstanding Nonprofit of 2017, Are You Ready, and more!
  • external link icon August 2017: Summer Vacation Boredom Busters, Fun thing to do with the family, When You're Ready to Think About After School Care, and more!
  • external link icon July 2017: Preventing Child Heat Stroke Deaths in Vechicles, Be entered to win $100 AMEX gift card, Immigration Assistance, and more!
  • external link icon June 2017: Apply for a Child Care Scholarship, Ready for Camp, Immigration Assistance, and more!
  • external link icon May 2017: Child Care in the Business Section, Car Seat Safety, Child Care Scholarships Available, and more!
  • external link icon April 2017: Child Care Scholarships Available, World Autism Awareness Day, Songs and Poetry, and more!
  • external link icon March 2017: FREE tax preparation, tax credits/refunds for working families, what will I do for the summer, and more!
  • external link icon February 2017: Play and cognitive skills in kindergarten, talk it up, governor's budget on child care disappoints, and more!
  • external link icon January 2017: Family time, germ smart ~ for kids, bleach means clean, and more!
  • external link icon October 2016: Your vote matters, take action now for child care, toy drive, and more!
  • external link icon September 2016: Increase federal funding for child care, is your child care as great as your child, ready set boo, and more!
  • external link icon June/July 2016: Last chance to be in to win a $50 amex gift card, summer safety, mosquitos are out are you ready, and more!
  • external link icon May 2016: The toughest job in the world, take a moment for yourself, it's time to celebrate, and more!
  • external link icon April 2016: Huge short fall in NYS budget for child care, summer care for your child, enter to win a $50 gift card, and more!
  • external link icon March 2016: It's tax time - free preparations assistance, are you eligible for a tax credit/refund, national nutrition month, and more!

Provider Newsletters

The Council sends e-newsletter for child care providers.

  • external link icon September 2017: Important Changes to Program Compliance History, Group Training in Health and Safety, CDA Renewal Amnesty Program, and more!
  • external link icon August 2017: Mandatory Training for New Directors, Spanish Foundations in Health and Safety Course, Child Abuse Training Not Covered by Foundations, and more!
  • external link icon July 2017: Child Care Subsidy Tip, Foundations in Health and Safety Training Required, Renew Your CDA Credential, and more!
  • external link icon June 2017: Free Books for Your Program, Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm Recall, Earn a Free Council Training, and more!
  • external link icon May 2017: Epi-Pen and Inhaler Recalls, Mandatory 5 Hour OCFS Training, Child Care Scholarships are Available, and more!
  • external link icon April 2017: Acting Director Regulations Key, Make Sure You're Getting Child Care Referrals, and more!
  • external link icon March 2017: Help children get off to the best start, tax free reimbursements, and more!
  • external link icon February 2017: Recalled products, it's tax time again, and more!
  • external link icon January 2017: 2017 program review, outdoor play for everyday, and more!
  • external link icon December 2016: $$$$ for snacks and meals, keeping toys safe, and more!
  • external link icon November 2016: New fire/safety checklist for school aged child care programs, your vote matters, and more!
  • external link icon October 2016: OCFS website changes, nominate outstanding child care and after school professionals, school readiness starts early, and more!
  • external link icon August 2016: No swaddling, program violations are posted on the OCFS website, is it too hot to go outside, and more!
  • external link icon July 2016: Increasing children's attendance, easy chart for clearance checks, talking to children about tragedies, and more!
  • external link icon June 2016: Breastfeeding mothers' bill of rights, preserving childhood at school, free books for your program, and more!
  • external link icon May 2016: Time to celebrate you, win big, staying up to date on recalls, and more!
  • external link icon April 2016: Huge shortfall in NYS budget for child care, free new books for your program, parent child care needs survey, and more!
  • external link icon March 2016: Huge shortfall in NYS budget for child care, tax free reimbursements, child care subsidy help, and more!
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1. View Your Profile

You can review your profile that is supplied to families. To request a copy contact our R&R Database Administrator at (914)761-3456 x139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Let us know about any changes you can fax, call or choose one of the options below.

2. Submit a Complete Update Online

Provide the Council with all the information about your program to share with parents. Parents will be able to receive a complete referral profile of your program and allow the Council to connect you with parents who are seeking the care that you offer. You may not be connected to parents if your information is not updated annually and if it is not accurate. Once you submitted this form, your information will be entered within 2 business days. external link icon Submit a Complete Update Form Online.

3. Submit a Short Update Form Online

Want to provide a quick update on your available openings, current schedule and rates! Complete this short form to update just your basic information. Fill out the online form and click to send. Once you submitted this form, your information will be entered within 2 business days. external link icon Submit a Short Update Form Online.

4. Call Us at 914-761-3456 ext 139

Our R&R Database Administrator will be able to update your information immediately on the phone. This service is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Complete Staff Directory

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Kathy Halas Executive Director   Ext. 102
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Juanita Pope Office Manager/Community Events Manager Administration Ext. 106
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Janelle Rodriguez  Receptionist Administration Ext. 0 or 100
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Michelle Guena Administrative Assistant Administration Ext. 152
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Dana Lawless Director of Development  Administration  Ext. 127
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Michael Goldman Director of Finance and Administration Finance Ext. 104
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Christine Iacovello Bookkeeper Finance Ext. 163
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Idie Benjamin Director of Professional Development Professional Development Ext. 108
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Elizabeth Rodano Professional Development Specialist Professional Development Ext. 219
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Dana Doyle Professional Development Coordinator Professional Development Ext. 113
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Sandra Arasim Infant/Toddler Specialist Professional Development Ext. 134
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Laura Cleare Quality Specialists/Family Provider Network Coordinator Professional Development Ext. 169
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Jennifer Sorby Infant/Toddler Regional Coordinator Professional Development Ext. 136
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Aniberca Rosario Bi-lingual Quality Improvement Specialist Professional Development Ext. 142
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Cynthia Miller Family Engagement Worker Professional Development Ext. 131
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Jenitza Marte Family Engagement Worker Professional Development Ext. 161
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Vacant Quality Specialist/Nurse  Professional Development  Ext. 159
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Yvette Homar  Babies Step Forward Teacher's Assistant  Professional Development  Ext. 153
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Juliana Leshi Administrative Assistant Professional Development  Ext. 111
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Dorothy Jenkins Director of Provider Services Provider Services Ext. 123
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Lindsay Tiernan Assistant Director of Provider Services Provider Services Ext. 115
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Alexandra Santana Bi-Lingual Registrar Provider Services Ext. 114
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Michele Sardullo Registrar Provider Services Ext. 112
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Evelyn Henriques Registrar Provider Services Ext. 137
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La Toya Carney-Ramsey Registrar Provider Services Ext. 118
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Elsa Sanchez Registrar Provider Services Ext. 164
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Mabelyn Portorreal Bi-Lingual Legally Exempt Enroller/Registrar Provider Services

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Jason Thomas Legally Exempt Enroller Provider Services Ext. 133
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Monica Soto Legally Exempt Enroller Provider Services Ext. 168
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Jamie Hamlin-Russell Provider Services Department Assistant Provider Services Ext. 110
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Sydney Jenkins CACFP Case Manager Provider Services Ext. 167
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Jury Martinez CACFP Case Manager Provider Services

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Janet Romano-Fernandez CACFP Bi-Lingual Case Manager Provider Services Ext. 203
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Noreen De Lacy CACFP Administrator Provider Services Ext. 110
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Nicole Masucci Director of Family & Employer Services Resource & Referral Department Ext. 139
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Chakula Corry Resource & Referral Database Administrator Resource & Referral Department

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Debbie Gonsalves Resource & Referral Coordinator  Resource & Referral Department Ext. 120
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Cathy Fernandez Resource & Referral Counselor Resource & Referral Department Ext. 122
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Arlene Leuzzi  Resource & Referral Asst. and Child Care Counselor  Resource & Referral Department Ext. 121
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Melanie Santana  Child Care Subsidy Specialist Resource & Referral Department Ext. 144
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Elissa Guzzardi Director of Health Care Consultant Services Health Care Consultant Services Ext. 154
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At our 2015 Annual Report Card event, the Council issued a new overview of Westchester's regulated child care sector including type and number of programs/providers, licensed capacity, average costs, and other trends including funding concerns at every level of government. Child care Supply, Quality and Affordability were graded:

  • B+ for Supply because parents are able to find care and satisfied with their arrangements. Yet 60% of regulated programs surveyed report enrollment below licensed capacity. Last year's grade was a B.
  • B+ for Quality because even though the number of nationally accredited programs is low, parents report they are very satisfied with their care arrangements, there is increasingly strong participation in the Council's quality improvement technical assistance with impressive results, and high interest in participating in QUALITYstarsNY. In this year’s Parent Child Care Survey, quality as a selection factor was second only to location indicating that parents are paying more attention. Last year's grade was a B-.
  • C- for Affordability because parents are still struggling to pay even at higher income levels and the parent share remains at 27% in contrast to the Council's recommendation of 15%. However, the County funded the Title XX child care subsidy program at $1.4 mil and restored the Council’s Child Care Subsidy Specialist position. Enrollment in Title XX has risen considerably over the year. Last year's grade was a "D".

pdfDownload and view the Report Card Challenge PowerPoint

The Child Care Council of Westchester recently completed two separate surveys, of Westchester parents and Westchester employers, which together paint a clear picture of the child care-related challenges facing our county.

Respondents:
526 families: geographically and economically diverse
41 employers: for- and non-profit

Of the Westchester employers who responded to our survey, 75% find that child care issues result in absenteeism or productivity loss among employees. Even so, 98% of employers report that child care issues are handled on a case-by-case or ad-hoc basis, rather than in a more formal way.

Westchester’s working parents agree that child care issue affect their work: 50% of parents surveyed report that child care has impacted their job in the past year, causing them to:

Call in - 55%
Leave early - 50%
Arrive late - 41%
Feel distracted at work - 35%
Cut back working hours - 20%

34 parents say they quit or lost their job in the last year, due to child care issues that include:
• lack of child care
• unreliability
• inability to pay for child care
• worry about quality of care or safety

The bottom line: Both employers and employees recognize that lack of quality, affordable, reliable child care negatively affects the workplace, yet employers offer few parent-friendly benefits other than mandated maternity leave, despite their general belief that doing so would be positive for their organizations and their employees.

The Child Care Council can help! Our professional staff work with employers and directly with parents to provide resource and referral information related to finding, evaluating and paying for child care.

pdfRead more on the Council's Parent Child Care Survey.

pdfRead more on the Employer’s Report.

Government Funding

Once again, child care is in the news - at every level of government.

Westchester County

County Executive Rob Astorino’s proposed 2017 budget maintained the child care subsidy specialist position at the Council and child care subsidy funding at 2016 budgeted levels.    Actual subsidy spending in 2016 however, was expected to go $4 million over budget.   The Council worked hard to increase subsidy dollars, publicizing and testifying at the budget hearings and launching an electronic letter-writing campaign.   Thanks to the efforts of many in the child care and after school community, as well as Council staff and board members, the Westchester County Board of Legislators added $1 million to the subsidy program in a budget that was ultimately agreed to by the County Executive.

This was a solid outcome in what was the toughest budget year in recent memory – the 7th budget proposed with no tax increase.  But additional child care funding is essential, not only to accommodate actual demand by working parents, but to cover an increase in the reimbursement rate for programs and providers coping with ever higher operating expenses, including a minimum wage hike.

New York State

For the second year in a row, advocates called for a significant increase in child care funding only to lose out in the final budget.  Last year, the Governor proposed an add of only $10 million.  This year, he proposed level funding, but used a transfer of $27 million out of Title XX to achieve it; that move was ultimately rejected and Title XX was restored.  Despite strong efforts in the Assembly to find $27 million for child care, only $20 million was approved, leaving a $7 million hole.   Advocates including the Council had called for $100 million of new child care funding for the implementation of new federal requirements that improve safety and quality, and to expand access.   Currently, only 17% of NYS children eligible receive a child care subsidy.  The $7 million cut could eliminate 900 more children from the program.

The call for $150 million of new PreK funding for areas outside NYC fell short as well.  The new budget includes $5 million for 3 and 4 year old children in high-need districts, with priority for those that do not yet have any PreK programs.  $11 million that was allocated last year for PreK for 3 year olds but not spent was re-appropriated.   

The final budget amended the NYS Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to increase the amount received by families with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 with children in qualifying child care.  Families with three or more children in care could receive even a more substantial credit.

Advantage After School was cut by $2.5 million.  The new Empire State After School Program was funded with $35 million; this funding will be available to school districts in municipalities participating in the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative or those in counties or school districts with a child poverty rate above 30% or with 5,000 to 20,000 children living in poverty.

Home visiting did not fare well with flat funding for Healthy Families New York and a cut of $75,000 for the Nurse-Family Partnership home visitation program.

There was a major victory for youth however, as the final budget included legislation to “raise the age” of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18 years over a two year period.   New York had been one of only two states (North Carolina the other) to treat 16 year olds as adults.  $110 million of capital funding was approved for new and existing buildings.

For more detail on the Final Budget, see the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy’s Last Look at the NYS 2017-2018 Final Budget.   

pdfView the Schuyler Center Last Look

The Council will continue to fight for a serious child care investment in the state budget.   To see our Community View published by lohud.com on April 7, 2017, pdfclick here

pdfView the full Winning Beginning NY Executive Agenda 17-18

United States

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the major federal program for child care assistance so low-income families can work or obtain education and training to improve their economic self-sufficiency. CCDBG was reauthorized in 2014 with overwhelming bi-partisan support and an acknowledgement that new funding was necessary to actually meet the goals of the CCDBG Act, with its new emphasis on child care quality and family-friendly eligibility policies.

President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget reflected his continued efforts to significantly increase investments in child care and early education; he proposed increases to child care, Head Start, Early Head Start and Preschool Development Grants as well as an expansion of the Child and Development Tax Credit.

After failing to adopt a new budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) for months, and relying instead on temporary spending bills, Congress just reached a bi-partisan agreement on a spending measure that will keep the government funded through September. Happily, the budget includes modest increases to several critical child care/early learning programs:

  • The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) was raised by $95 million, bringing total discretionary funding to $2.856 billion.
  • Head Start was raised by $85 million, including $80 million for cost of living increases and $5 million for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. Head Start funding now totals $9.253 billion.
  • The 21st Century Learning Center Program received an increase of $25 million, bringing total funding to $1.19 billion.

Preschool Development Grants were level funded.

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) estimates that the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) must be increased by $1.4 billion to implement the new federal regulations without further reducing the number of children served. Given that President Trump’s “skinny budget” calls for an 18% reduction in Health and Human Services, which administers CCDBG, we will need to advocate very effectively over the next few months. To see how we have lost children that need child care services, read the CLASP report:

pdfView the 1.4 billion needed for CCDBG

Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2016 issued by Child Care Aware of America, Inc., the Council’s national association, documents that child care expense often exceeds housing costs. All over the U.S. parents are struggling to pay for child care. Unaffordable child care also negatively impacts the business community.

pdfView the Parents and the High Cost of Child Care 2016 Report

Read the new report by the Economic Policy Institute documents that child care is beyond the reach of many low-wage earners.

pdfView the Economic Policy Institute document

 

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