Families First

Child Care

A parent should never have to choose between their job and their family. It is a priority to improve our child care system and ensure every child has the safe, nurturing care they need to thrive.

The NYS Assembly would improve our child care system by:
  • Improving access to affordable, safe and reliable child care
  • Examining the causes and effects of New York’s child care crisis
  • Expanding eligibility for child care assistance to working families
  • Aiding SUNY and CUNY child care centers

News
Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblyman Victor Pichardo today announced the approval of legislation to ban smoking tobacco products where after-school programs are conducted in order to safeguard children from the health risks of second-hand smoke. "Extending the current school-smoking ban to buildings and spaces that host after-school programs throughout the state is just common sense," said Heastie. "With this bill, the same restrictions that...
June 24, 2015
The New York State Assembly today passed the second wave of legislation aimed at making quality child care more accessible and affordable. The package of bills reflects the recommendations of the Child Care Workgroup and demonstrates the Assembly Majority’s continued commitment to put New York families first. “The measures we passed this week make New York's families a priority and strengthen our child care system,” said Assembly Speaker Carl...
May 13, 2015

Video
Today the Assembly passed legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Russell which would cap a parent's co-payment if they are receiving childcare subsidy assistance. "This is aimed at helping our working families be able to afford childcare, so that they can be at their job and not worry about if their child is being well cared for," said Assemblywoman Russell. A6174A