Bronx Council Members to Visit Child Care Center Where Dozens of Children are at Risk of Losing Care

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NEW REPORT WILL SHOW IMPACT OF MAYOR’S CUTS TO CHILD CARE AND AFTER-SCHOOL ON BRONX FAMILIES

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: April 18, 2012

CONTACT: Emma Woods, 646-200-5303/203-568-4780, emma@berlinrosen.com

BRONX, NEW YORK – Council Member Annabel Palma, Chair of the General Welfare Committee, will be joined by Bronx elected officials, advocates and families at The Children’s Aid Society’s Bronx Family Center to visit some of the hundreds of Bronx children who are at risk of losing child care and after-school if the Mayor’s sweeping cuts are enacted.

At the center, they will release a report detailing the devastating impact of the Mayor’s cuts on Bronx children and families, and call on Mayor Bloomberg to fully fund child care and after-school in his Executive Budget.

WHAT:Bronx council members visit child care center where dozens of children are at risk of losing care, and release report on the impact of the Mayor’s cuts to child care and after-school on Bronx families

WHEN:Wednesday, April 18th at 8:30am

WHERE:The Children’s Aid Society’s Bronx Family Center, 1515 Southern Boulevard, Bronx

WHO: Parents and children; Council Member Annabel Palma; Bronx elected officials; advocates from the Campaign for Children

ABOUT THE CUTS

After years of cuts that have dramatically decreased working families’ access to children’s and youth services, the Mayor is once again proposing devastating cuts to both child care and after-school programs in his FY 2013 budget. The Mayor’s Preliminary Budget, coupled with changes from the Early Learn NYC and Out-of-school Time (OST) RFPs, would eliminate 15,900 child care slots and slash after-school program capacity for 31,800 children. All told, more than 47,000 children and their families will lose access to these essential programs.  This is the fifth straight year that the Mayor has cut child care and after-school programs. Added to year after year of cuts, the Mayor’s latest proposal will result in 90,000 fewer children having access to these programs than in 2009 – a 61% decrease.

The Bloomberg Administration’s failure to fund these core services is a disturbing departure from its stated desire to make education reforms and economic development the Mayor’s top priorities and the foundation of his legacy. As the Mayor himself recently stated, “what happens after the final school bell of the day rings is as important to students as what goes on in the classrooms.” Both child care and after-school programs provide children with critical educational opportunities that pave the way for future success, and allow parents to maintain jobs and support their families while their children receive safe, affordable care.

The Mayor is taking notable steps to restructure the child care and after-school systems to increase the quality of the programs citywide – but is, at the same time, cutting funding significantly so that the programs will serve a fraction of the children. 

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The Children’s Aid Societyis an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City.  Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at (212) 949-4938/ (917) 204-8214 email anthonyr@childrensaidsociety.orgor visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.