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Empire Justice Center Testimony on Barriers to Accessing Quality Child Care

May 23, 2017

 

Child Care Assistance Needs to be Adequately Funded 

This year’s budget has decreased the overall investment in child care by $7 million, while at the same time, the cost of care has increased- the average child care subsidy per child has risen from $7,200 to approximately $7,574 since 2013.  Even before this year’s reduction, New York State had passed some of the increased costs on to providers by dropping provider reimbursement from the 75th percentile of the market rate to the 69th percentile and by reducing the number of children served.  Now, only 17% of eligible children in New York State are served with a child care subsidy.  This number could drop further if the State implements new federal child care Development Fund Block Grant (CCDBG) regulations without increased investment.  To keep vulnerable children in child care, we urge the State to increase its investment in child care with an additional $100 million to restore subsidies lost by escalating costs and to increase the number of children served.

  • Child care is in crisis


Counties are running out money, even as the need grows.  Some are simply refusing to accept new applications.  Others, in an effort to cope with limited funds, are reducing financial eligibility, falling far short of the state’s statutory eligibility level of 200% of poverty.  As indicated below, and in the attached chart.

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For more information, please contact:


Susan C. Antos

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 


(518) 462-6831
(518) 935-2852
santos@empirejustice.org



Saima Akhtar

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 


(518) 462-6831
(518) 935-2852
sakhtar@empirejustice.org