Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc.
STATEMENT BY THE COMMITTEE FOR HISPANIC CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, INC. (CHCF) IN RESPONSE TO THE RESTORATION OF CHILD CARE FUNDING IN THE CITY’S FISCAL YEAR 2012 ADOPTED BUDGET
New York, July 2, 2011 – Elba Montalvo, President of The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. (CHCF) stated, “We think it is a step in the right direction that Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council have arrived at an agreement on this year’s budget that restores over $42 million for child care, including 257 preschool classrooms, six child care centers, thousands of family day care slots and vouchers for school-age children. It is also encouraging that this new budget baselines approximately $29 million for the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) child care budget.
We believe that this restoration was critical for the many Latino children in the city’s subsidized child care system, who like all children, deserve the best child care possible if they are to be part of New York’s workforce in the future. In addition, we are relieved that, while painful cuts are still going to be made, damaging cuts originally proposed to child care services for Latino children were avoided.
However, even with the Council’s restoration, we were disappointed to learn that there will still be a net loss of 59 classrooms in child care programs that are going to close. This loss in child care classrooms will still impact many Latino children, parents, child care providers and the economic health of our communities. We cannot afford to have a short-sighted view of cuts to child care funding. We will continue in this coming fiscal year to advocate for more equitable funding that puts the welfare/wellbeing of our children first.
We are very grateful to General Welfare Committee Chair Annabel Palma, and her great leadership efforts throughout the past budget year, as well as members of the General Welfare Committee, to ensure this critical restoration to early childhood education and care. We also want to thank Council Member Fernando Cabrera for full support of our Bronx Latino child care providers and their families, who desperately need these services in order to keep their families afloat. In May 2011, CHCF organized a press conference with Council Member Fernando Cabrera, along with Latino parents and Latino child care providers in the Bronx, to speak out against the cuts and urged the city to restore funds.
To that end, we also want to especially thank the Latino parents and child care providers who joined us in our advocacy efforts, as well as the Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care and the Human Services Council, who were critical coalition partners in our efforts.
For more information, please contact The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. at (212) 206-1090.
ABOUT THE COMMITTEE FOR HISPANIC CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, INC.
Since 1982, The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. (CHCF) has been dedicated to combining education and advocacy to expand opportunities for children and families, and strengthen the voice of Latino community. Believing that the most effective way to support Latino families is by building upon their existing strengths and fostering self-sufficiency, CHCF provides a number of programs and services to the community through Youth Development programs and an Early Care & Education Institute. Our policy work, grounded in our direct services, amplifies the voice of our communities on the local, state, and national policy levels around issues of child welfare, early care, education, juvenile justice, and the well-being of Latino children. Through our programs and policy work, CHCF is creating a shared prosperity for all Americans. For more information, please call (212) 206-1090 or visit our web site at http://www.chcfinc.org.
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