BILL NO A05522
SAME AS No Same as
COSPNSR Gottfried, Stirpe, Walker, Lifton, Benedetto, Lupardo, Linares,
MLTSPNSR Abbate, Blake, Brennan, Cook, Galef, Glick, Peoples-Stokes, Robinson,
Add Art 21 SS450 - 453, Ec Dev L
Establishes the "childcare and early education sector on the economy act" to
study the economic impact on the state economy of quality childcare and early
education programs for children aged 0-4, and afterschool programs for children
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
February 25, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. SOLAGES -- read once and referred to the Commit-
tee on Economic Development
AN ACT to amend the economic development law, in relation to the "child-
care and early education sector on the economy act"
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
2 the "childcare and early education sector on the economy act".
3 § 2. Legislative findings and purpose. The legislature hereby finds
4 and declares that there appears to be a serious shortage of high-quality
5 childcare and early education options in communities throughout New York
6 state. There is a strong consensus among researchers that childcare and
7 early education programs provide a substantial economic payoff to commu-
8 nities where they are located. The legislature declares that it is
9 crucial for the governor and legislators to obtain reliable, objective
10 information about the economic benefits and burdens of investing in
11 expanded childcare and early education programs within the state.
12 The purpose of this act is to study the economic impact on the state
13 economy of quality childcare and early education programs for children
14 aged 0-4, and after-school programs for children aged 5-12.
15 § 3. The economic development law is amended by adding a new article
16 22 to read as follows:
17 ARTICLE 22
18 ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CHILDCARE AND EARLY EDUCATION SECTOR
19 Section 450. Definitions.
20 451. Study of the economic impact of the childcare industry.
21 452. Nature of the study.
22 453. Report.
23 § 450. Definitions. For purposes of this article, "childcare and early
24 education" means:
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 1. Licensed full-day childcare and early education programs and
3 2. Licensed part-time childcare and early education programs and
5 3. Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
6 4. Public pre-schools.
7 5. Family childcare homes.
8 6. After-school programs for children aged 5-12.
9 § 451. Study of the economic impact of the childcare industry. The
10 department shall conduct a study of the economic impacts on the state
11 economy of quality childcare and early education programs for children
12 aged 0-4, and after-school programs for children aged 5-12.
13 § 452. Nature of the study. The study of the economic impact of the
14 childcare industry shall include:
15 1. An evaluation of childcare and early education as a sector of the
16 economy, including:
17 (a) Number of workers directly employed at childcare and early educa-
18 tion facilities, and the gross value of their wages.
19 (b) Gross receipts of the industry, that is, total number of dollars
20 flowing into the sector in the form of payments for care from parents
21 and from public and private subsidies.
22 (c) Value of goods and services purchased by the childcare and early
23 education industry.
24 (d) Federal dollars flowing to the state for childcare and early
26 2. An evaluation of the degree to which available childcare and early
28 (a) Enables parents to work outside the home and earn income.
29 (b) Enables parents to attend educational programs.
30 (c) Decreases absenteeism at work, reduces turnover, or increases
32 (d) Attracts businesses to the state.
33 3. An analysis of demographic data to identify the relative gap
34 between the needs in the state and available resources, and the return
35 to the economy if that gap is closed, including:
36 (a) Number of children aged 0-12 with both parents in the labor force,
37 or with their single parent in the labor force.
38 (b) Trends of likely future growth in the number of children aged 0-12
39 in the population for the next decade.
40 (c) Demographic makeup of parents in the labor force and demographic
41 makeup of adults with children who might wish to join the labor force.
42 (d) Cost of childcare and early education, and its relationship to
43 family income.
44 (e) Availability of child care.
45 (f) Number of children eligible for state or federal aid.
46 (g) Number of children eligible for, but not receiving, state or
47 federal aid.
48 4. A review of available literature on the impact of childcare and
49 early education programs on children's future ability to contribute to
50 the workforce, including:
51 (a) An evaluation of school readiness at kindergarten and first grade.
52 (b) An evaluation of positive outcomes in school, from elementary
53 through likelihood of high school graduation.
54 (c) An evaluation of resulting reductions in public spending, for
55 example from:
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1 i. less likelihood of being assigned to special education classes
2 relative to those not in quality care or preschool;
3 ii. greater likelihood of graduation from high school;
4 iii. less likelihood of involvement with the criminal justice system
5 and prison;
6 iv. greater likelihood of being employed; and
7 v. less likelihood of being on public assistance.
8 § 453. Report. The department shall report the results of the study
9 of the economic impact of the childcare industry to the governor and the
10 legislature on or before January first, two thousand seventeen.
11 § 4. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
12 the date on which it shall have become a law.