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File #: Res 0160-2004    Version: * Name: Prioritize quality child care and restore child care funds.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 2/26/2004
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon New York City to prioritize quality child care and restore child care funds to ensure that increases in federal and State child care funds are used for their intended purpose of expanding the supply of child care and covering the increasing cost of such care.
Sponsors: Hiram Monserrate, Helen D. Foster, Joel Rivera, Christine C. Quinn, Melinda R. Katz, Robert Jackson, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Charles Barron, Michael C. Nelson, Erik Martin Dilan, Kendall Stewart, David Yassky, Albert Vann, James Sanders, Jr., Diana Reyna, Gale A. Brewer, Yvette D. Clarke, Alan J. Gerson, Tracy L. Boyland, Maria Baez, Lewis A. Fidler, Vincent J. Gentile, G. Oliver Koppell, Margarita Lopez, Miguel Martinez, Bill Perkins, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Larry B. Seabrook, Helen Sears, David I. Weprin, Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Philip Reed, Bill De Blasio
Council Member Sponsors: 33

Res. No.  160

 

Resolution calling upon New York City to prioritize quality child care and restore child care funds to ensure that increases in federal and State child care funds are used for their intended purpose of expanding the supply of child care and covering the increasing cost of such care.

 

 

By Council Members Monserrate, Foster, Rivera, Quinn, Katz, Jackson, Comrie, Barron, Nelson, Dilan, Stewart, Yassky, Vann, Sanders, Reyna, Brewer, Clarke, Gerson, Boyland, Baez, Fidler, Gentile, Koppell, Lopez, Martinez, Perkins, Recchia, Seabrook, Sears, Weprin, Addabbo, Reed and DeBlasio

 

Whereas, Child care is a vital component of the lives of working families; and

Whereas, Research shows that quality child care provides children with a healthy start in development and contributes to school readiness and school success; and

Whereas, Early in 2001, with the assurance o f increased federal and State funding for child care, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) formulated an action plan that would increase the number of subsidized child care slots, thereby providing services for an additional 11,000 children in New York City; and

Whereas, The ACS action plan would also increase spending for the child care workforce to improve recruitment and retention of Head Start and child care staff by enhancing compensation and benefits packages; and

Whereas, Congress increased the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in December 2000, with the stipulation that the increased funds would supplement - not supplant - current spending for child care; and

Whereas, This increase in CCDBG funds resulted in New York City receiving a substantial increase in its funding for child care services; and

Whereas, According to a report entitled Where Have All the New Child Care Dollars Gone?  (the “Report”),  issued by the Independent Budget Office,  New York City used some of the funds received through the CCDBG to help cover other spending needs and fill the City’s budget gap; and

Whereas, The Report also states that the City’s allocation of its own funds for child care, both in dollar amount and as a share of overall child care spending, has declined, and, despite a significant increase in child care funding from the State and federal government, there has not been a proportionate increase in the amount of such services provided by the City; and

Whereas, The Administration has stated that due to the current fiscal climate, any increased spending relating to child care services and the child care workforce will be delayed; and

Whereas, The supplantation of City tax levy dollars with federal child care expansion funding sends the message that children and working and needy families of this City are not important; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon New York City to prioritize quality child care and restore child care funds to ensure that increases in federal and State child care funds are used for their intended purpose of expanding the supply of child care and covering the increasing cost of such care.