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Child Care

Subsidized child care in New York State is a one billion dollar program that is critical to the healthy development of New York's children. The system is largely federally funded, but because we have a county administered system, the rules governing the administration of child care vary by social services district. This section of the webpage will provide an overview of the New York State child care subsidy system, with links to relevant policy documents and analysis.



Session Wrap 2017: An Important Win for Child Care, but Much More to be Done
The end of the 2017 Legislative Session was disappointing for those of us hoping to see increased supports for parents and providers in the child care subsidy system. Read More

Empire Justice Center 2017 State Legislative Priorities
As New Yorkers, we unite around the concepts of liberty, equality and opportunity. In 2017, Empire Justice Center’s top priorities will be focused on identifying and fostering ways to strengthen New York’s laws, our communities, and each other, to protect justice for ALL New Yorkers. Read More


Empire Justice Center Statement on Governor Cuomo's Hate and Human Rights Laws Expansion
The horrifying events that transpired in Charlottesville this past weekend showed us all that we have a long road ahead of us to reach a place where hate has no home in our hearts. We all have a responsibility to stand for what it right. Read More

Empire Justice Stands with Immigrants & Their Families
Empire Justice Center is proud to be one of more than 180 organizations across the country to stand up and speak out against the completely un-American attack on immigrants proposed by Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), and championed by President Donald Trump. Read More


Memo of Support: Create More Subsidies for Low Income Working Families
This analysis from Empire Justice Center, The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, the Center for Children's Initiatives and The Legal Aid Society shows how every freed up child care slot for infants of public assistance recipients creates three slots for working families. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: New York State Must Establish a Child Care Task Force
Empire Justice Center supports the creation of a child care availability task force, with the understanding that a task force is just one part of the solution to the child care crisis. New York State needs to develop a comprehensive statewide strategy for significantly expanding access to quality, affordable child care for all children and families. Read More



Policy Matters October 2017
Empire Justice Center's latest edition of Policy Matters. Read More



Still Mending the Patchwork: A Report Examining County-by-County Inequities in Child Care Subsidy Administration in New York State
A perfect storm of diminished federal and State funding, a growing low-wage work force and the steadily increasing cost of child care is straining New York's child care to the breaking point. Read More


The Self-Sufficiency Standard for New York State 2010
This report measures the income and earnings necessary for families to be self-sufficient in every county of the state. Read More





Kinship Care: Rights, Authority, Assistance and Resources
This course includes an introduction to the scope and causes of kinship care including grandparent visitation and kinship caregiver rights. Kinship caregiver legal issues are discussed covering different legal statuses, recognition, authority, security and assistance along with recent case law as well as emerging kinship issues and state and federal recommendations. In addition, public benefits for relative caregivers are discussed including food stamps, child care, housing subsidies and social security. Family court practice, hypotheticals and local and statewide resources is also presented. Read More

Child Care: Legal Issues Affecting Low-Income Parents and Providers
This presentation reviews the various types of child care assistance available to low-income families, including public assistance related child care, Transitional Child Care, and subsidies. Read More