Improving Child Care in New York
June 22, 2006
Many families use child care while theyíre at work. Nationally, more than five million infants and toddlers are cared for by others. In New York State, an estimated 3.7 million children are under 14 and two-thirds of children under 18 live with working parents, according to the National Child Care Information Center. We depend on child care providers, and the system must run well to keep our children safe and to keep our economy running. The Assemblyís five-bill package, which I voted for, strengthens guidelines for these businesses. The legislation improves community relations between the Office of Children and Family Services and child care providers by creating a volunteer 16-member advisory council of child care providers (A.11130-A). This panel will:
- identify and review child care issues, state policies and programs which directly or indirectly affect child care, and recommend the adoption of new, or the modification of existing, policies and programs;
- recommend ways to ensure child protection in day care;
- advise the Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner on ways to promote the financial, business and training requirements of providing child day care;
- recommend changes to data day care providers use; and
- recommend improvements to the child day care subsidy system.