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The Child Care Policy Advocacy section contains Legislative Memos, Letters, Comments and Testimony. You will also find news items, articles and reports that relate to our policy work in child care.


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: Require OCFS to Assess New York State's Child Care System
A.1083/S.1422 would require OCFS to evaluate and make recommendations on the availability of child care in New York State. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Child Care Subsidies for Parents who Work the Night Shift
This bill would add a new subdivision to Social Services Law 410-w and would require that when a parent with a young child is otherwise eligible to receive a child care subsidy, and works the night shift, the local district should authorize a subsidy so that the parent can sleep. Read More


Child Care - Legislative Memos


Empire Justice Letter to Governor Cuomo: Sign Legislation to Giving Families Time to Plan for a Change in their Child Care Subsidy
This bill will amend §34-a of the Social Services Law, by adding a new subdivision 9 which incorporates the 60 day notice requirement. Read More

Child Care - Policy Letters


Empire Justice Comments on Child Care for Children Experiencing Homelessness
The proposed regulations would make several positive changes to help children who are homeless access subsidized child care, but need to go farther to reduce barriers. Read More

Child Care - Comments


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

Child Care - Testimony


Empire Justice Statement on Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal
After the release of the Executive Budget Tuesday night, Empire Justice Center expressed appreciation that funding is included in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal for several key programs that assist New Yorkers living at or near the federal poverty level. Read More

We Stand with ALL New Yorkers (Nosotros estamos unidos con todos los Neoyorquinos)
The outcome of this election has shaken us all to the core. (El resultado de las elecciones nos ha sacudido a todos.) Read More

Child Care - Policy Related News


Empire Justice Center 2017 State Budget 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

OCFS Proposes New Child Care Market Rate Regulations
Last day to comment is July 30, 2016. Read More

Child Care - Policy Related Articles


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


Child Care - Policy Related Reports


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