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Hundreds Rally in the Bronx to Save After-School and Child Care Programs

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By: Keyla Espinal

Richard Buery Calls for Preservation of After-School and Child Care Programs on Manhattan Viewpoint Blog

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Latest Update on the Campaign to Save After-School and Child Care for 47,000 Children

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The campaign continues to convince city leaders to preserve funding for 47,000 after-school and child care slots. The Huffington Post provides a detailed look at the situation, including comments from Katherine Eckstein, Children's Aid Director of Public Policy:

TODAY is Call In Day - Tell City Leaders to Save Child Care and After-School Programs

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The Mayor's proposed budget cuts will eliminate child care and after-school programs for 47,000 children. On Monday, April 30th, YOU can help by calling city leaders and telling them to save these vital programs. Here's how:

What You Can Do

On Monday, April 30th, call (888) 279-3491 and use the following script as a guide (please be polite):

Campaign for Children Call In Day

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We need YOU to call City leaders in charge of the budget and tell them to save child care and after-school programs – programs that allow parents to keep their jobs while their children get the educational opportunities they need to succeed.

Campaign for Children Call In Day – Instructions

On Wednesday April 4th between 9am and 4pm, parents, providers and concerned New Yorkers will take action by calling City leaders and letting them know we are paying attention. 

Call (888)-279-3491 on Wednesday, April 4th to let our City leaders know that child care and after-school must be saved!

Use this script as a guide for your call (and please be polite):

Hi, my name's ________. I'm calling to urge you to save child care and after-school programs.

With the newest budgets cuts, more than 47,000 NYC children are at risk of losing the educational opportunities that pave the way for success. Families that rely on subsidized child care and after-school work hard and play by the rules. Without these programs, many working family members will be unable to keep their jobs and provide for their households, or will be forced to make potentially unsafe arrangements for their children. It is morally wrong to balance the city budget on the backs of children and hard-working families.  We’re counting on YOU to restore the funding to save child care and after-school programs. Thank you.

Calls to the number above will be automatically connected to one of the City leaders in charge of the budget.  If no one answers, leave a voicemail. Despite what message you get from their office, please be assured that these are the key people in making budget decisions.

You can also send a letter to Mayor Bloomberg and other elected officals by clicking here.

Curating a Children’s Art Show

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Children's Aid Fights for New York City's Kids

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NY Ranger Steve Eminger Helps Launch Hockey Program at Milbank

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Steve Eminger, defensive player for the NY Rangers, joined a group of 30 eager children on Thursday, November 17 to launch The Garden of Dreams and Rangers Power Players Program at the Dunlevy Milbank Center.

Protect Your Child Against Cyber Bullying

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Bridge Program Instructor Reflects on Helping Youth Through Art

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By: Giany Mejia
Photo: Casper Lassiter

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