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New York State child care providers are subject to a variety of regulations and policies regarding health and safety, compensation and incentives for quality improvement.  This page will highlight issues that are of particular interest to providers that serve low income children.  


2015 Policy Wrap Up: Child Care Legislation
In the 2015 legislative session the Assembly passed four bills that were identified in our report Still Mending the Patchwork as critical to the fair and equitable administration of child care subsidies in New York State. Read More

OCFS Issues Guidance on Adoption Study Criteria Related to Sexual Orientation and Length of Marriage
The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) recently issued an informational letter (INF) clarifying, among other things, that discrimination against prospective adoptive parents based on sexual orientation is strictly prohibited and not a legitimate basis for denying an application. Read More


Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation that will Help Families Avert Crisis When they Lose their Child Care Subsidy
This new law addresses this very real problem by providing three times the amount of notice to parents. Read More

Empire Justice Press Release: New Report Shows Dramatic Disparities Still Exist in Access to Child Care
Despite substantial evidence showing that investing in child care significantly contributes to child well-being and successful outcomes for working parents, as well as successful efforts this year to increase funding for subsidies in the state budget, a new report released today by Empire Justice Center shows that low income working families in New York have continued to lose child care subsidies. Read More


Empire Justice Center Testimony on Barriers to Accessing Quality Child Care
Child care is in crisis. Senior Attorney Susan Antos testifies before joint committees on what can be done to improve access and affordability of child care for low income families. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony before the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council
Empire Justice Center remarks on child care payment rates, eligibility practices, copay policies and preserving precious child care dollars for working families. Read More

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Legal Services Journal - Fall 2009 Issue
In this issue of the Legal Services Journal, you will find articles on Disability Benefits, Domestic Violence, Public Benefits, Health, Child Care, Consumer and Community Development, Civil Rights, Immigrant Rights and Child Support. 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


Insurance Matters:
Children are our future. The quality of the care they receive in their early years can dramatically affect who they become. Early experiences affect the development of the brain and lay the foundation for intelligence, emotional health and moral development. Low income pre-school children enrolled in enriched pre-school programs show higher educational achievement, higher earnings and lower use of cash welfare assistance. 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