The Children’s Aid Society is involved in many coalitions and alliances such as Campaign for Children, Fostering Youth Success Alliance, NYS Boys & Girls Club of America, Coalition for Community Schools, and more! We encourage our parents, students, volunteers, and staff to take action and get involved in our campaigns. Check out ways to get involved below.
While Mayor de Blasio’s Preliminary Budget maintains his commitment to Pre-K for four-year olds and after-school programs for middle schools students, unfortunately it failed to include any of the investments needed to strengthen or expand the early childhood system such as salary parity for teachers in community based child care programs. Early childhood staff in community based child care centers make significantly less than their counterparts in public schools. Many of the early childhood staff in community based child care centers and family child care programs make less than $15 an hour, requiring them to receive benefits such as SNAP/food stamps to support their families. To send a letter to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito urging them to make child care a priority, click here.
Last year we were at risk of losing slots for 34,000 middle students but with your advocacy we were able to save these slots. Once again, this year we need you to make your voices heard. Unfortunately Mayor de Blasio did not include funding to support summer programs and we are at risk of losing 34,000 slots for middle school students. To send a letter to Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, City Council Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras, City Council Youth Services Chair Matthew Eugene, and your own City Council Member asking to restore 34,000 slots, click here.