It's not too late to save childcare and early childhood education

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Despite the scorching heat, a large group of advocates, children and parents delivered 30,000 petitions to New York City Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council to save childcare and early childhood education (view the photo gallery here). City Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito, Diana Reyna and Margaret Chin each spoke out against the proposed budget cuts. Thank you to our supporters too, who helped Children’s Aid contribute over 2,300 signatures!

But we’re not done fighting yet.  City budget negotiations are happening right now. The Coalition to Save Childcare is staging a call-in today and Friday to key city officials.  It only takes a minute – and we’ve provided all the details here, including the names of the officials, their numbers and a short script of what you can say. 

Call-in days are Thursday, June 9, 2011 and Friday, June 10, 2011.

Call Speaker Quinn at (212) 564-7757 and tell her to make sure child care is funded in the final budget.

Call the Mayor’s Budget Director, Mark Page, at (212) 788-5900 and tell him child care must be saved.

Call the Deputy Mayor, Howard Wolfson, at (212) 788-3070 and tell him child care must be saved.

Use this script as a guide for your call:

Hi, my name's ________. I'm calling to urge ________ to Save Child Care.

These cuts would mean hundreds of early childhood classrooms will be closed and fewer working families will be able to find safe, affordable child care. Without child care, working parents like me will not be able to keep our jobs and our children will lose their opportunity for a quality early education. We’re counting on you to restore the funding to save child care. Thank you.

Let us know you completed your call and how it went so we can make sure we hit our goal of 500 calls. Email the coalition at

For more information visit:

Click play below to watch talk Melissa Mark-Viverito about saving afterschool.

City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito Calls to Save After-School from The After-School Corporation on Vimeo.