We believe that all children deserve access to safe, affordable, high-quality child care. We believe in the value of the work of child care providers as they play a critical role in preparing our next generation for life. We believe in the partnership between child care providers and parents as they support the healthy development of children. We believe in the importance of investing in children by investing in child care. Below are our key public policy agenda items and related resources and partners.
Child Care Council believes in promoting affordable child care. Affordable means different things to different families. For some families, receiving a subsidy will make child care affordable. For other families, having access to tax credits will make child care affordable. Many families may have to make difficult career and family choices because of the cost of child care.
Child Care Council supports increased access to child care subsidies for low-income working families. Visit The Children’s Agenda’s website for more on this work in our community.
Improve Family Leave
Child Care Council supports The FAMILY Act, which includes paid family leave for childbirth or other family needs.
Increase Child Care Wages
Child Care workers are among the lowest paid workers and yet their work is critical for our economy to thrive. To view a 2007 NYS Dept. of Labor Analysis of Child Care, click here.
Increase Child Care Tax Credits
Support the American Opportunity Agenda, which would increase child care tax credits and deductions for working families, as well as address other key issues facing families. For more information, click here: American Opportunity Agenda [PDF].
Child Care Council believes in the importance of high-quality child care. Quality child care is different for different types of care which is why we support training, accreditation, and any other initiatives that offer funding to increase access to quality improvement. This includes Universal Pre-K, accreditation, Quality Rating Improvement System, training for all modalities, and technical assistance.
Child Care Council believes that only parents know what is best for their children. We believe in the value of informed choice about quality child care. Every family’s needs are different; every child’s needs are different. We believe in sharing information about all child care options, quality child care, safety, and cost, and supporting a parent’s decision. We believe that, regardless of modality, all types of care have the potential to be high-quality. This is why we continue to advocate for Legally Exempt Child Care. Legally Exempt enrollment allows a family receiving a child care subsidy to choose an unregulated caregiver for their children. Parents know their family’s needs best, and if that need is best met by a grandparent, or a cousin, or a neighbor, parents should be supported in that choice regardless of income.
Child Care Council believes in the importance of keeping children safe, both at home and in care. This is one of the reasons the Council has actively supported the Child Safe Products Act two years in a row. The CSPA passed the Assembly in 2013 but was not brought to the Senate floor for a vote in 2014, in spite of strong bi-partisan support. The Bill has been re-introduced in 2015. For more information on children’s environmental issues and our involvement:
Child Safe Products Act: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S4102-2015
Clean and Healthy NY: http://www.cleanhealthyny.org/#!stronger-laws/c1mqp
Environmental Working Group: www.ewg.org
Child Care Council believes in the importance of being heard by our representatives and other stakeholders. Located in Rochester, NY, we are reminded of the long, hard fight for the right to vote faced by women and minorities. We believe in the importance of exercising that right by registering to vote, understanding how to contact representatives, and how to let our voices be heard. One of the best ways to advocate for children and for high-quality early care and education is to become a registered, active voter.
NYS Board of Elections: http://www.elections.ny.gov/
Who are my representatives?
The Children’s Agenda
The Children’s Agenda improves the health, education and success of our community’s children and youth, especially the most vulnerable, through advocacy for evidence-based solutions and policy change at the local, state and federal levels.
Early Care & Learning Council:
The Early Care & Learning Council is a statewide organization that works to increase the quality, affordability and capacity of the early care and learning field and does so through training and technical assistance, data management and advocacy initiatives. For their 2013 public policy agenda, click here.
Winning Beginning NY is a statewide coalition working to inform policy makers and the public about the many benefits of early care and learning including home visiting, child care and Pre-K. The coalition aims to build a broad-based constituency to make investment in quality early care and learning a top public priority in New York State.
Clean and Healthy NY
Clean and Healthy NY works to advance policy and market changes to promote safer chemicals, a sustainable economy, and a healthier world, including safer child care.
Empire Justice Center
Empire Justice is a statewide, multi-issue, multi-strategy public interest law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor and low income families live.
Child Care Aware® of America
Child Care Aware® of America works with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care.
Children’s Defense Fund
The Children’s Defense Fund champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.
America’s Edge/Ready Nation
America’s Edge is a membership organization of business leaders who work to strengthen businesses and the economy through proven investments in children and youth. America’s Edge recently merged with Ready Nation.
Environmental Working Group
Environmental Working Group empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. We drive consumer choice and civic action with breakthrough research and an informed public.
Download a PDF of the Public Policy Agenda: Child Care Council PP Agenda 2014
Download a PDF of the Public Policy Resources: Child Care Council PP Resources
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