Mayor Eric Adams on Monday launched what he called a “real fight” to improve access to quality childcare.
By donning masks at the Kuei Luck Early Childhood Center in Rego Park, Queens, Adams reiterated calls for increased federal budget investment in early childhood education.
“Today our entire team is in Albany walking the halls and high on our agenda is the fight for this critical child care issue as we move towards closing the budget,” Adams said at the press conference.
The move would particularly help women, who are disproportionately affected when childcare issues arise and they either have to stay at home or quit their jobs, the mayor said.
Funding would be used to better pay childcare providers and strengthen existing programs. Those dollars could create capacity in both new and old facilities — an estimated 17,000 additional places, including in childcare deserts where programs are not widely available.
“If we’re going to start the process of developing great adults, then we start with developing great children, and that happens in a childcare setting,” Adams said.
School Chancellor David Banks called it “vitally important” to provide literacy and language support to young children from birth.
“We know that a child’s first three years of life have a profound impact on their future learning and can alter the course of their growth,” said Banks.
Gov. Kathy Hochul’s budget proposal included increased government spending on childcare, but both houses have since called for additional funds.
Adams, who on Monday was optimistic the state support would pull through, said those dollars would complement the city’s proposals to expand seats.
“I wish that all New York City parents would have peace of mind,” said Kevin Kung, executive director of the Queens Child Care Center, “and be able to drop off their children and go to work knowing that their children are doing well.” good day.”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/28/eric-adams-makes-plea-to-albany-for-more-child-care-funding/ Eric Adams is asking Albany for more childcare money