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Memorandum of Support

Prioritize Child Care Dollars to Keep Low Income Parents Working

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), Empire Justice Center and The Legal Aid Society strongly support A.8101 (Titus)/S.5586 (Savino).  This legislation would amend the social services law, modifying the exemption from welfare work requirements for a parent or relative of a child up to age two.  The exemption would protect non-TANF child care subsidies from cuts and allow the working poor to remain in their jobs.  This is consistent with New York’s position on helping the working poor and protecting safety-net programs.  The proposal would also avert job cuts to child care workers.  An estimated 530 workers (302 child care teachers and 228 administrative and support staff cuts) would lose their jobs under NYC's initial proposal to cut 17,000 subsidies.  In NYC about 63% of child care slots are with unionized work places.

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This memo was prepared by:

Susan C. Antos

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 

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