Westchester Child Care Report Card
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".