The Children’s Aid Society, Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care, NYC Youth Alliance, parents, advocates and elected officials gathered at City Hall on Monday, March 5th to launch Campaign for Children, a citywide campaign against the Mayor’s proposed cuts to child care and after-school programs. The coalition spoke highlighted the devastating aftermath that will surely fall upon New York City’s neediest children and families if the City continues to cut these critical services.
Present among the many elected officials showing their strong support were New York City councilmembers Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Gale A. Brewer, Margaret Chin, Leroy Comrie, Elizabeth Crowley, Julissa Ferreras, Sara Gonzalez,Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Darlene Mealy, Rosie Mendez, Diana Reyna, Hon. Joel Rivera, Albert Vann, Melissa Mark Viverito and Jumaane D. Williams, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and a representative from the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's office.
Mayor Bloomberg’s fiscal year 2013 proposed budget would eliminate 15,900 child care slots and slash after-school program capacity by 50% – so that 31,800 children will lose their after-school programs come September. In all, more than 47,000 children would be left with no other choice but to fend for themselves or their parents would be forced to walk away from their employment. This is the fifth straight year that the Mayor has cut child care and after-school programs. If the latest proposal is enacted, 90,000 fewer children will have access to these programs since2009.
“It is unconscionable that tens of thousands of kids who already have it tougher than most of us can imagine, now stand to lose some of the most important supports in their lives that will put them on a path to success in school, college and life” said Richard R. Buery, Jr, President and CEO of the Children’s Aid Society. “The Campaign for Children coalition has taken a bold stand to fight for some of the most vulnerable people in our city and I’m proud to join them.”
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