Over 60,000 Signatures and Letters Call On Mayor to Restore Cuts to After School and Child Care
On June 13th, 300 parents, children, providers and advocates from the Campaign for Children gathered on the steps of City Hall to deliver more than 60,000 petition signatures and letters to the Mayor urging him and the City Council to restore $170 million to OST and Child Care. The signatures and letters were collected from all around the city from students, parents and staff. Children’s Aid alone was able to collect 10,509 signatures and letters!
The group was joined by many City Council Members which included: Leticia James, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Charles Barron, Robert Jackson, Jimmy Van Bramer, Matheiu Eugene, David Greenfield and Diana Reyna. The Council Members echoed the groups sentiment that child care and after-school programs must be saved. Representatives from the Public Advocates’ office also joined the group, urging the Mayor to restore these cuts and collected more than 2,800 signatures to add to the cause.
The letter delivery is part of a month long vigil held at City Hall by children and parents at risk of losing child care and after-school programs. If these cuts are not restored in the final budget due June 30th, thousands of New York City families will lose access to programs that keep children safe and learning while parents are at work. The City of New York cannot afford to cut child care or after-school programs for even a single child. We urge the Mayor and City Council to stand up for children and working families, and fully fund child care and after-school in the final budget. Find out what you can do to make your voice heard at www.childrensaidsociety.org/take-action and http://www.campaignforchildrennyc.com