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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 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

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Child Care Subsidies for Parents who Work the Night Shift
Parents who work nights often need child care so they can sleep during the day if their children are young and not in school. This bill would require all districts to authorize up to 8 hours of care when such care is necessary for a working parent with a small child to 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 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

Child Care - Testimony


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

Child Care - Policy Related News


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 Administrative 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

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