NY Child Care Providers push for funding with #ChildCare190

NY Child Care Providers push for funding with #ChildCare190

PLATTSBURGH, NY - It's dubbed the $190 million dollar day or 'Child Care Day of Action' for child care providers across the state of New York.

A federal law called the Child Care and Development Block Grant hasn't been reauthorize in nearly 20 years until now.

But with the recent re-authorization comes new rules and higher standards for New York child care providers.

Marie Navarro is a single mom to four girls.

She said it's extremely important to have the right child care, so while at work, she knows her kids are in good hands.

"I looked at five or six other day care providers and I brought my youngest, Violet in there and Violet just sat down and felt comfortable. And if my child can sits down and feels comfortable, that makes me happy," said Marie Navarro, parent.

Tuesday, child care providers across New York called on parents like Navarro to reach out to elected officials and raise awareness with #childcare190 on social media.

Called 'Child Care Day of Action,' and the hope is to get state lawmakers to invest $190 million in child care for the current year.

"All sorts of newly proposed regulations to increase the standards, to increase the quality, to increase the oversight to protect children and provide high quality care," said Jamie Basiliere, executive director of Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country.

Those proposed changes:

Nationwide background checks instead of just state ones
Increased training for providers
Smaller case loads for child care licensers
100 percent inspections of all programs, every year

"If we don't have the $190 million dollars to fund this new initiative and these new increased standards and increased rules and regulations, something's got to give," said Jamie Basiliere.

In Vermont, the Department for Children and Families is looking to come up with a clear procedure for licensed day cares.

Two weeks ago, Waterbury police said a 3-year old boy drowned at a home day care there.

"I like to believe that all child care providers would like to believe that could never happen in their programs," said Basiliere.

Basiliere said another fear is what might happen to subsides for low-income families.

Right now providers get 69 percent of what it costs for a family to pay out of pocket.

"Another part of this $190 million dollars is going to subsidy funding for child care providers so that poor kids and rich kids get the same access," said Basiliere.

Marie Navarro said without the subsidy, getting the best care wouldn't have been possible.

"It's hard to get a job and support your children, if you can't get child care," said Navarro.

Child care providers said the best way to make this happen is to contact state lawmakers.
We've posted the link to a drafted letter addressed to your legislator: http://ejc.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=13587.0&dlv_id=17168&utm_source=%23ChildCare190+Advocacy+Alert&utm_campaign=%23Childcare190+Day+of+Action+Email+2%2F23%2F16+&utm_medium=email


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