The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, along with the Alliance for Quality Education, the Center for Children’s Initiatives, and Citizen Action of New York have released a new report laying out a plan for New York State to make significant investments in child care and Pre-K in the 2017 Executive Budget. The report, Too Many Children Still Waiting: Make Quality Early Learning a Priority in 2017 Budget, calls upon New York lawmakers to make good on their pledge to provide universal Pre-K to all New York 4-year-olds. At present, that promise has only been realized in New York City; in the rest of the state, 81% of 4-year-olds still do not have access to Pre-K. The report also urges real investment in child care to avert a crisis facing New York’s working families: at present, 83% of families living below 200% of poverty are not receiving child care subsidies due to inadequate investment. This leaves families of three making less than $40,000 to shoulder child care costs that can exceed $10,000 a year for one child on their own.
Read the report here.
Read early news coverage of the report here.