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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

Emergency Rule Reduces Payment Rate to Legally Exempt Child Care Providers with Training

After years of making strides to improve the quality of all types of child care, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has taken the puzzling step of reducing the payment rate to legally exempt providers who enhance their skills by engaging in ten hours of professional development per year. Read More

2009 Tax Credit Outreach Campaign Kit Now Available

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is pleased to announce the availability of the 2009 Tax Credit Outreach Campaign Kit. This resource is intended to provide community groups, housing and social service agencies and employers with the materials and information needed to conduct community outreach efforts promoting the Earned Income Credit (EIC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Read More

Dear Commissioner Letter

Letter introducing a new health care insurance initiative from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and the New York State Insurance Department. Read More

OCFS Proposes Health and Safety Safeguards

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has proposed regulations which would establish new health and safety standards for informal child care providers. The notice of proposed rulemaking, but not the actual text, appeared in the New York State Register on January 5, 2005. Read More

Welfare/Child Care Bills Moving Through Legislature

Because this legislative session is focused on education and Medicaid spending, advocates have had a hard time getting the legislature to focus on public assistance and child care legislation. Three bills of note do have sponsors in the majority party of both houses of the legislature, and may become law. One bill dealing with the administration of medication to children in child care has been signed into law by the Governor. Read More

Child Care Professional Retention Program

The Child Care Professional Retention Program was designed to reduce staff turnover and reward increased professional development within the child day care field. Effective April 1, 2002, the Child Care Professional Retention Program (CCPRP) was expanded to create additional incentives for child care professionals who have direct child care responsibilities or who are responsible for the educational or programmatic content of the child care setting. An additional enhancement of the program targeting this same group of direct care providers would provide even a greater award level if they have obtained a recognized certificate, credential, or diploma in the field of child care or early childhood education within the 18 month application period. Read More

Improve the Quality of the Child Care Workforce

Despite the importance of their jobs, child care workers are among the lowest paid workers in the state of New York with an average starting salary of only $14,530. This is below the poverty level for a single parent with two children. Read More

Earned Income Tax Credit

Schedule EIC Read More