Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.
Daycare Providers Get Raises, Childcare Cuts Ahead
Thursday, May 14, 2009
New York, NY –
Daycare providers waiting almost two years for raises will finally get them, but the Administration for Children's Services says it will have to cut childcare for about 950 kids in order to afford the extra pay. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:
The agency will look to cut childcare slots for what they see as lower priority parents, namely those who are searching for work or those who are physically or mentally impaired. The Administration for Children's Services says the city is doing all it can to preserve as many slots as possible. About 28,000 workers are due the extra money. After becoming members of the United Federation of Teachers, they fought for the federally mandated raises. The workers are owed about $80 million in retroactive pay and ACS says going forward the raises will cost about $40 million annually. For WNYC, I'm Cindy Rodriguez.