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Early childhood classrooms must be protected

By Karen Alford NEW YORK TEACHER Study after study confirms what we already know: early childhood education is the foundation for future academic success. It can mitigate the disadvantages that many youngsters start their lives with and put them on the path of a sound education and bright future. Unfortunately, we are now looking at…

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City’s Plan to Revamp Day Care Gets Panned

By Micah Landau NEW YORK TEACHERMay 20, 2010 The Administration for Children’s Services came under heavy fire from City Council members and labor leaders at an April 28 oversight hearing on the agency’s proposal to restructure subsidized child care in New York. According to the testimony of agency Commissioner John Mattingly, the purpose of the…

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City Hall Protest in Lead Up to Brooklyn Bridge March

by Summer Brennan At a press conference on the steps of City Hall to protest the proposed closing of 16 Child Care Centers in New York City, District 27 Councilman Leroy Comrie urged Mayor Bloomberg not to make the cuts. “This administration is doing what it can to eliminate safe child care by focusing on…

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UFT CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

By: Summer Brennan Fifty years ago, teachers in New York City’s public schools didn’t have the kind of support and respect they have today. Before the creation of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) in March 1960, the system’s structure and support were haphazard at best, and concepts such as class-size limits and career ladders…

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Protest City’s Decision to Close Day Care Centers

By: Summer Brennan District Council 1707 leaders and their members, daycare workers, and concerned parents met on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, March 3, to protest the decision by the Administration for Children’s Services to close 16 city-funded day care centers. Of the centers set to close, eleven are in Brooklyn, three are in Queens,…

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As New York Moves to Test for PCB’s, Healthy Schools Network Releases New National Report

As New York City broke new ground in announcing a testing program to measure levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) in caulk found on school windows, the Healthy Schools Network released a new report on the state of toxins in schools, “Sick Schools 2009.”  Claire Barnett, Healthy Schools’ Executive Director, welcomed the PCB initiative but said…

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Make Sure All 5-Year-Olds in Our ACS Child Care Centers Get the Kindergarten Education and Child Care They Need

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) has ordered its day care centers to stop serving children that are turning five this year. Displacing these young children from the ACS centers has resulted in thousands of additional 5-year-olds being forced to attend already overcrowded public school with no assurance that they can get the child care…

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