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File #: Res 0052-2014    Version: * Name: Allowing the NYC Human Resources Administration to grant day care assistance to parents who attend four year educational institutions.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 2/26/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign legislation to amend the State Social Services Law, allowing the New York City Human Resources Administration to grant day care assistance to parents who attend four year educational institutions.
Sponsors: Laurie A. Cumbo, Peter A. Koo, Mark Levine, Annabel Palma, Deborah L. Rose, Stephen T. Levin, Corey D. Johnson, Antonio Reynoso, Helen K. Rosenthal, Daniel Dromm , James G. Van Bramer, Rosie Mendez, I. Daneek Miller, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Carlos Menchaca
Council Member Sponsors: 15

Res. No. 52

 

Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign legislation to amend the State Social Services Law, allowing the New York City Human Resources Administration to grant day care assistance to parents who attend four year educational institutions.

 

By Council Members Cumbo, Koo, Levine, Palma, Rose, Levin, Johnson, Reynoso, Rosenthal, Dromm, Van Bramer, Mendez, Miller, Cornegy and Menchaca

                     Whereas, According to the National Institutes of Health, children in high quality day care programs tend to score higher on tests of cognitive and academic ability later in life; and

                     Whereas, According to the New York Times, the average annual cost of full-time day care in New York State is $14,939, or 16.5% of the state median income for married couples; and

                     Whereas, This relatively high cost can make day care difficult for many parents to afford, potentially putting their children at an educational disadvantage; and

                     Whereas, New York State Social Service Law permits a social services district, like the New York City Human Resources Administration, to use funds allocated from the State Child Care Block Grant to provide assistance to supplement the cost of day care to certain parents or guardians; and

                     Whereas, Under this Social Service Law, eligible parents or guardians include those who work full time jobs, are engaged in community service, attend high school or an equivalent training program, are physically or mentally incapacitated, or have family duties away from home which necessitate their absence; and

                     Whereas, Parents or guardians attending four year educational institutions are not considered eligible to receive child care assistance; and

                     Whereas, However, parents or guardians who attend four year educational institutions are taking steps to improve the economic wellbeing of their families, and should not be discouraged from doing so by an inability to pay for day care for young children; and

                     Whereas, Extending eligibility for day care assistance to parents or guardians in four year educational institutions would allow them to both send their children to daycare and continue their own education; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign legislation to amend the State Social Services Law, allowing the New York City Human Resources Administration to grant day care assistance to parents who attend four year educational institutions.

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LS #563

2/12/14