Child Care Cuts Leave Parents with Few Alternatives

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Nearly Half of Children’s Aid Society Parents Surveyed Would Quit Their Jobs if Essential Programming is Cut

New York,NY– Hundreds of parents whose children attend Children’s Aid Society after-school or child care programming will be forced to either quit their job or cut their hours if restorations are not made. These desperate decisions would have a devastating impact on the lives of the already vulnerable children served by The Children’s Aid Society.

The surveys results also show parents would be forced quit their own educational pursuits or leave their children home alone if these necessary programs, a life line for many, do not re-open in the fall.  

The Children’s Aid Society asked parents/care givers

What would you do if you lost child care and/or after-school for your child?”

The results found that:

 39% of parents using after-school and43%of parent susing child care programs would quit their jobs to stay home with their child(ren).

 12% of parents using after-school programs,serving elementary and middle school students ages 5-13, said that they would leave their child(ren) home alone.

 20% of parents using after- school and 22% of parents using child care said they would leave their child(ren)with a relative.

 

The Children’s Aid Society is 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.org or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.