To engage the public in influencing policies to ensure the continuation and improve the availability of CCR&R services.
CDSC’s CCR&R in collaboration with three other NYC CCR&Rs is committed to improving the quality, availability, and affordability of child care in New York City. We work in partnership with parents, community leaders, business leaders, policy makers, and child care providers to make high quality child care available to New York City families. We advocate for improvements in the profession by helping to develop and shape policies that impact early care, child welfare, and education issues in New York State. We promote positive public image and perception of the value of the child care profession, and we are a pathway of career development for early childhood education professionals.
CDSC has contracted with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for the purpose of improving child care services in New York City. Families, providers, businesses, and the community need access to CCR&R services in order to find child care for their children while they work, train or attend school. However, they will have access to CCR&R services only if these services are available and adequately funded. Families also need access to quality child care, which can only happen when the public is engaged in advocacy efforts for funding to improve the quality of child care and funding to support the costs of accessing high quality care which includes care that is culturally-appropriate, accessible, and appropriate to the needs of the consumer.
CDSC’s CCR&R will actively engage the public to support continuation and improvement of CCR&R services. The CCR&R will also ensure the public is engaged to support child care quality initiatives, including QualityStarsNY and funding for child care at the local, state, and national levels.
CCR&R PUBLIC POLICY PLAN
CDSC’ CCR&R is a member of and/or supports the public policy agendas of many organizations. This includes, but not limited to:
- a member of the Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC)
- a member of the National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)
- supporter of Winning Beginning NY
CDSC’s CCR&R will inform and educate legislators, business, and the public about:
- the importance of high quality early care and learning environments and opportunities for children; the link between high quality child care and school-readiness and success
- the value of CCR&R services
CDSC’s CCR&R uses multiple strategies to engage public support to continue and improve CCR&R services. CDSC will distribute a local public policy agenda to be included in parent referral packets, at community events and at providers’ trainings and activities. Additionally, it will be on the Public Policy section of the website and in other relevant locations on the site.
MESSAGES AND AGENDAS
Click here to download the 2016 Legislative Agenda from the Early Care & Learning Council
Click here to download the 2019 Legislative Agenda from Winning Beginning NY