Representative Brian Higgins said: “Five hundred days ago today, President Biden signed into law the US bailout. This landmark legislation was intended to support families, lift children out of poverty, and rebuild our economy stronger than before the pandemic. When we invest in children, we invest in a Fighting Child Care Deserts will improve access to safe and affordable care in underserved communities across Western New York, ensuring parents can participate actively in the labor market while meeting the basic needs of their children.
Representative Paul tonko said, “Investments in our children have unprecedented benefits for our communities, our economy and the future of our nation – and with the disruptions to child care caused by the pandemic, these investments are more critical than ever. is why I was proud to advance our Rescue Plan to ensure no child is left behind. I am grateful that this federal support is reaching our New York communities and I will continue to push for these investments. essentials that help grow our local economy while enabling Americans to build better lives for their families.
Representative Kathleen Rice said: “Access to child care is essential for families in New York State. Addressing child care deserts and increasing funding for affordable child care and high quality will not only benefit children, but their families and communities as well.I was proud to vote in favor of the American Rescue Plan Act to provide this funding to states and am pleased to see that over 13 million dollars will be spent on child care on Long Island.
Representing Adrian Espaillat said, “One of the most important lessons we have learned during the pandemic is that child care providers are essential to the support and well-being of families and for too long, families in child care deserts have been left behind with very few options to provide their children with safe, quality child care We cannot recover if we leave child care providers behind, and our families need their support now more than ever. My colleagues and I have fought hard in Washington to ensure that every parent has access to affordable and convenient child care, and I am grateful that we have a Governor who shares these values. I congratulate the Governor Hochul on today’s announcement to mobilize $70 million made available through the U.S. bailout package passed by Congress, to help support struggling families in New York City.”
Representative Joe Nightshade said, “Safe and reliable child care is essential for families, but right now too many people are struggling to access it. I am grateful to Governor Hochul for making this issue a priority, and I’m proud to have provided these funds to New York through the US bailout and helped lower costs for parents. I pledge to continue my work in Congress to make child care more accessible and affordable to ease the burden on working families.”
State Senator Robert Jackson said: “We can’t have a strong economy without investing deeply in working families. That means prioritizing critical funding to expand and increase access to affordable child care options, so parents aren’t left behind. forced out of the workforce. Today, New York State, under the leadership of Governor Hochul, takes another step in its commitment to eradicating child care deserts and supporting families in need of child care. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every child has access to quality and safe care.”
Member of the Assembly Manny De Los Santos said, “This year, New York State made unprecedented investments to ensure child care is more affordable and accessible for families. We are grateful to be building on this through federal funding to expand child care services to communities where they are needed most.
Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine said: “Providing access to high quality child care is a critical part of helping our youngest grow and be successful parents, but in city neighborhoods parents are struggling to find a place for their child. These funds will target child care deserts for additional support and funding, helping provide an essential lifeline for parents during our economic recovery from the pandemic. Hochulsenator Schumer and senator Gillibrand for their leadership, and I look forward to continuing this important work to support New York families. »
Tara N. Gardner, executive director of the Day Care Council of New York, said: “The Child Care Deserts Grant is part of several important investments in New York State child care that will help more families have access to child care and education. The New York City Day Care Board was proud to work as part of the New York City Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium to help providers apply for these grants and I am proud to stand with Governor Kathy Hochul for the announcement of the first set of awards. Child care and early childhood education is a transformative investment that supports children, their parents, and New York’s economy. We look forward to working with the Governor Hochul and the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly to ensure that all New York children have access to quality child care and early education. »
Meredith Chimentoexecutive director of the Early Care & Learning Council, said: “The Early Care & Learning Council and the network of 35 childcare resource and referral agencies have partnered with NYS Office of Child and Family Services to expand child care services in the state. This $70 million investment is an important step towards reducing the impact of child care services on families and businesses. ECLC and the CCRThe &R Network is pleased to partner with Governor Hochul and OCFS providing child care programs with the supports necessary to create and maintain a thriving business that will care for New York’s youngest learners.”