City Council Funds for Child Care Means More Control Over Programs

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The city's budget agreement Monday not only restores funds for child care, it also gives the city council more control over which centers will continue to stay open. This could mean good news for several organizations who failed to win city contracts through a new selection process.

The Bloomberg administration said the new system would raise educational standards and increase family supports by improving the screening of families. But over the last several weeks, long standing child care providers from across the city that lost out on contracts have been holding protests and complaining that the process didn't give enough weight to their experience in a particular community.

City Council members have been sympathetic to their pleas.

Now that the city council is using its discretionary funds to foot the bill for restored and additional subsidized day care slots, the council will also get to choose the providers that will receive that extra money. The council funding, however, is only good for one year, while other centers will receive three-year contracts.

Councilman Robert Jackson of Upper Manhattan said the Council plans to restore funding to programs that had been in existence for decades and proven themselves to be of high quality. "When it's our money that we're putting in, we want to have a say in where they go,” Jackson said, adding that the council will make sure numbers in council districts remain constant.

Some programs lost out on contracts because they were located in more well to do neighborhoods where the need was thought to be less. Council Speaker Chris Quinn said in a recent press release that the process had excluded low income families living in affluent zip codes and the Council would reverse this. 

The council restored funding for about 7,000 subsidized child care slots.



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romaakter002 from united state

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Sep. 05 2012 12:59 PM
R. Richardson M.Ed from Brooklyn, NY

I am an an educator at the childcare center Urban Strategies Daycare center #2 located in the East New York section of Brooklyn. We lost our contract to new program early learn. Our center has serviced the community for over 20 years, in fact, my grandmother was assistant Director of this very institution of lear ing. I grew up in this area and pledged to return in light of making a difference in the lives of young children. As I have engaged in providing quality education for my students over the years, my job has been a meaningful experience in that I am afforded the opportunity in contributing to while witnessing the elevation of low socioecomic children and parents receiving the very needed services of which we have provided long-term. Please, allow us to remain as the reciprocal and meaningful experiences of which should define a quality education.. We have given familiarity in that parents have attended our center as children, we provide quality education and social interactions within a place where family and education are essentials of effective progress in the lives of young learners.

Renee L Richardson, M.Ed.

Jun. 28 2012 08:20 AM

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