Letter to the Editor – Save Day Care
April 25, 2011
By Brooke Richie Resilience Advocacy Project
Now is a critical moment for subsidized childcare in New York City. The city's childcare system providing quality early education and essential work support for tens of thousands of families is facing its most drastic funding cut in over three decades. The result would force more than 17,000 children out of childcare.
Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to slash this service will have devastating repercussions for low income working families and their children. Without childcare, parents will struggle to sustain employment and support their families. Furthermore, already vulnerable children will be pushed out of quality, early learning programs that nurture development and school readiness.
To respond to this crisis, advocates, services providers, and religious institutions have formed the Emergency Coalition to Save Childcare. Parents impacted by the cuts, daycare workers who are losing jobs, advocacy organizations, and leaders in City government are all lending their support.
Please join us in this important effort! Bloomberg needs to hear more voices telling him that these cuts are simply unacceptable and must be eliminated! The budget will be finalized in July we need more voices before then!
1. Contact Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Quinn and urge them to reject the proposed cut. You can e mail them by clicking here: https://secure3.convio.net/voices/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=110397.
2. Learn about the Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care and how you can join with us at http://savechildcare.com/.
3. Follow the Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care on Twitter @SaveChildCareNY and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SaveChildCare.