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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Invest in Our Child Care Workforce in the 24-25 NYS Budget


Child Care Advocacy Day in Albany was Great....but the Budget Campaign Continues!

We were delighted to join hundreds of child care professionals, parents, advocates and others in Albany to call for increased child care funding. But we're not done yet, and neither are you!

The Governor's budget includes another one-time workforce recruitment and retention initiative, using unspent federal funding - no new NYS investment. And frankly, the amounts will be lower than in the prior rounds.

This will not fix the child care staffing crisis that exists because of persistently low salaries.

The Council's new Child Care Survey illustrates the problem - Westchester ECE teachers in centers earn 44% less than entry-level kindergarten teachers. 70% of the programs responding to the survey were below licensed capacity, citing between 4 and 10 open positions.

Parents can't use child care without a strong child care workforce.

To call on Governor Hochul and your NYS legislators to adequately fund a child care compensation fund to move these indispensable educators toward parity with the K-12 system, just Click Here!

For more info on the Child Care Council's new Survey, click here - Westchester Salary Survey

For questions and/or more information, contact Kathy Halas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.

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Scarsdale, New York 10583

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Child Care Specialists extended hours are available on Tuesdays until 7pm to help you make an informed decision about child care.

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