Dear Governor Hochul and New York State lawmakers,
Parents all over New York are struggling to pay for and find quality child care. Our early care educators are not making living wages and COVID has shut down so many of our child care centers. In short, our parents and early care educators are suffering.
New York State can lead the way in the nation by creating a child care system where every family has access to affordable, quality child care and early education that is developmentally, educationally, and culturally appropriate.
We need to respect those who provide child care as skilled professionals and ensure they have good wages and benefits. We can build a system that enhances the health and stability of families and communities.
This is the moment to make child care for every NY family a reality! We urge you to invest $5 billion to support child care in the 2022-2023 budget. As you know, access to child care is an economic issue, an education issue, and an issue that affects every community throughout New York State. With the child care system in crisis, the time to invest is now!
All children from Niagara Falls to Long Island should have access to affordable, high-quality child care and early education so kids can thrive, parents can work, and we can build healthy communities.
Now is the time to make this meaningful and bold investment to move New York State towards universal child care.