Hundreds Rally This Week to Fight for Child Care Programs

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The Children’s Aid Society is hard at work this week advocating against the Mayor’s proposed budget cuts – which slash 47,000 after-school and child care slots for New York City children. Campaign for Children, of which Children’s Aid is a lead organization, spoke out at two events. Beginning at City Hall on Tuesday, April 17th hundreds of children, parents and providers rallied together to send one single message to Mayor Bloomberg: slashing much needed programs would devastate thousands of children and threaten the livelihood of many struggling families.

Supporting the event were councilmembers Gale A. Brewer, Margaret Chin, Leroy Comrie, Lewis A. Fidler, Robert Jackson, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, James Vacca, Jimmy Van Bramer, Albert Vann, Melissa Mark Viverito, Jumaane D. Williams, Ruben Wills, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer.

In addition, Councilmember Anabel Palma, Bronx Borough President’s Office representative Monica Major and several parents showed their support at the Children’s Aid Bronx Family Center press event on Wednesday, April 18th. “Every day my daughter gets up excited to go to school” said Jenay Davis, a parent whose child attends the Bronx Family Center Early Childhood program. “So I hope and pray that we keep these programs that we really need – that working parents really, really need.”

Richard Buery, President and CEO of The Children’s Aid Society also spoke to the crowd in the Bronx. “Every parent knows how expensive it is to find quality child care in NYC. This is not a luxury; this is a critical resource for families.”

Thanks to the participation of so many elected officials and advocates, both events were a big success.

But, the fight is not over. Take Action now and join The Children’s Aid Society and the Campaign for Children to help save after-school and child care programs.