Quality child care is more expensive than college

On July 9th, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced that Monroe County would make child care subsidies more affordable for families in our community. Parent fees (or co-pays) will be reduced from 35% to 25% of every dollar a family makes above the poverty threshold. According to the County, this will save 2,200 working families an average of $800 per year in child care costs. The Children’s Agenda has long advocated for lower co-pays in Monroe County, and we applaud the County for taking this significant step to better support working families with young children.

Under this new policy, a family of 3 making $35,000 per year will save $1,367 per year, while a family of 4 making $45,000 per year will save $1,925. Families transitioning from poverty toward self-sufficiency will benefit the most from this change.

Care for young children is extraordinarily expensive ($15,000+ a year for infants in center based care in New York State), and without any form of assistance, this cost could drive many low-wage workers out of the labor market. Child care assistance programs can support economic development efforts by bringing more people into the workforce, ensure children receive safe and nurturing care while their parents work, and (when appropriately designed and administered) help families achieve economic self-sufficiency. Read more...

Child care is one of the biggest expenses families face.

Infant care in New York costs $7,456 (93.9%) more per year than in-state tuition for four-year public college.

"The Children’s Agenda, an advocacy organization, estimates that the Rochester-Finger Lakes region has a shortage of 32,000 child care slots. And the need is especially critical for low-income families. “Only 20 percent of children under 6 from low-income families received subsidized care in Monroe County in 2018,” says Pete Nabozny, the Agenda’s director of policy."

Read the full City Newspaper article, Tim Hortons tragedy underscores child care needs.


Kids Can't Wait Campaign

Through the hard work of many parents, providers and advocates, approximately 54,000 young children with developmental needs across the state will now have more access to the help they deserve. 

In April, New York State reimbursement rates for the Early Intervention program were increased by 5% for OT, PT and Speech Pathology services. In March, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced a 15% increase in rates for Preschool Special Education Related Services, e.g. PT, OT, SLP - helping as many as 2,100 local toddlers and their families. When the changes turned out to be less than comprehensive, once again we successfully pushed for needed changes in that proposal. The final policy includes an increase in rates in all service settings. 

Let's continue to speak out to ensure our elected officials are aware of the need for even more progress to help our kids grow and thrive! We've developed resources and a free toolkit to help you be a bold voice for NYS kids in need of developmental services. Click the button below to download your copy today!


Take Action - CCDBG Funding 2020

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act provides federal funding to states for child care subsidies for low-income families with children under age 13, as well as flexibility to pair state and federal funds to improve the quality of child care available to families within existing state and local systems. Congress and the White House recently agreed to a funding levels and now the Senate will draft appropriations bills over the next few weeks. The House already passed a $2.4 billion increase for CCDBG, and we need the Senate to do the same.

Right now, you can help by uplifting these parent stories about CCDBG and/or these provider stories about the need and use of funding on social media. 

 Sample Tweets:

  • Increased CCDBG funding has allowed NY to improve & expand child care services. Let’s build on that success! #FundChildCare
  • CCDBG funds have improved child care access, but many families still can’t afford the quality care they need. #FundChildCare

Many Voices, Many Visions - ROC the Future Feature. July 2, 2019

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Upcoming Events

2nd Annual Community Schools Summit, August 19th: Imagine every school in our community as a hub for resources and services that all children and families need to thrive. Register today, several workshops are available on topics such as collective impact, the social determinants of health, and the first 1,000 days of a child's development. 

Black Equal Pay Day, August 22nd: The lack of pay equity for black women has a dramatic adverse impact on the lives of children.  Compared with cities its size, Rochester ranks as the number one worst city in the United States for child poverty, with 52.5% of our city’s children in poverty. Closing the equity gap in black women’s pay would raise family incomes and close wage gaps that can accumulate to over $1,043,800 in the lifetime of individuals most affected by low wages.

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