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Friday, February 16, 2024

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


Our children are precious. So are the people who care for and educate them.

And yet the child care workforce makes less than 96% of all NYS occupations.

Because of these low wages, many child care jobs go unfilled, leading to programs unable to enroll new children.

Caring for and educating our young children is not babysitting. It is demanding work, calling for skill and knowledge and patience. The people who do this important work, generally women and often women of color, should be compensated like the professionals that they are.

The Council's new Child Care Survey reveals that Westchester teachers in child care centers earn 44% less than entry-level kindergarten teachers.

The Governor proposes another one-time workforce recruitment and retention initiative, using unspent federal funding. This will not fix the child care staffing crisis.

Time to invest NYS $ in a permanent child care compensation fund that reflects the true value of these indispensable educators.

To call on Governor Hochul and your NYS legislators to make the proper investment in the child care workforce, Click Here!

For more info on the Child Care Council's new Salary Survey, Click Here!

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.

313 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, New York 10583

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Child Care Specialists extended hours are available on Tuesdays until 7pm to help you make an informed decision about child care.

Phone: (914) 761-3456
Toll-Free: 1 (844) 387-7525

Fax: (914) 761-1957

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