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All previous Children's Aid action alerts are listed below.

We Did It!

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As you may have heard, the City Council voted on a budget for the fiscal year beginning on July 1 – and there is good news. Together, Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and the City Council restored significant funding for early childhood and after-school programs in some of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods.

These programs put thousands of underprivileged children on a pathway to college and out of poverty. They set children up for success in school and support academic development and enrichment beyond the school day. They also help low-income families work – and stay employed – by providing skilled and secure care for their children.

We're still determining how the restorations will affect our own programs, and we will keep you posted as we learn more. In the meantime, we want to thank all of you who signed petitions, wrote letters, rallied and demanded to be heard.

With your help, we have taken one critical step closer to creating the high-quality, sustainable systems required to transform low-income communities.

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 more than 47,000 children. YOU can help by telling city leaders to save these vital programs. Here's how:

Send an EMAIL to the Mayor and other elected officials by clicking here or visiting www.CampaignforChildrenNYC.com and clicking the TAKE ACTION button on the right.

OR

You or your child can write a LETTER to the Mayor – telling him why child care and after-school are so important to you and your family – Address letters to:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

*For more information visit: www.CampaignforChildrenNYC.com Facebook: Campaign for Children // Twitter: @ChildrenNYC #Campaign4Children

Encourage Others to Write on Social Media

TWEET: I sent a letter to @MikeBloomberg to say, save our child care and after-school! Send yours: http://bit.ly/ytoaJO #Campaign4Children

FACEBOOK: I sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg to say, save our child care and after-school! You can, too. Follow the link to TAKE ACTION with Campaign for Children. http://bit.ly/ytoaJO

Latest News

Katherine Eckstein, Children's Aid Director of Public Policy, addresses the Mayor's proposed cuts on BronxNet Community Television:

From The Children's Aid Blog:

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

From the New York Daily News:

On Wednesday, April 18th, councilwoman Annabel Palma (D-Bronx) met with advocates and parents at The Children's Aid Society's Bronx Family Center to discuss Mayor Bloomberg's proposed cuts to childcare services. Read the complete recap at the link below:

Concerned Bronx pols and advocates visit borough childcare center, one of several threatened by city cuts

Richard Buery Addresses Proposed Cuts on 1010Wins

Click the play button below to listen to Richard Buery, Children's Aid President and CEO, discuss the potentailly devastating impact of the Mayor's proposed cuts to childcare and after-school programs.

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May 31st is Campaign for Children 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 more than 47,000 children. On Thursday, May 31st, YOU can help by calling city leaders and telling them to save these vital programs. Here's how:

What You Can Do

On Thursday, May 31st between 9am and 6pm, call (888) 279-3491 and use the following script as a guide (please be polite):

Hi, my name's ________. I'm calling to urge you to save child care and after-school programs. Unless these budgets cuts are stopped, 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 parents will be unable to keep their jobs and provide for their families, 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.

The phone number listed above will connect you directly to city leaders in charge of the budet. If no one answers, leave a voice mail.

Spanish Instructions:

Llame al (888)-279-3491 para informales a nuestros líderes municipales que el cuidado infantil y los programas después de la escuela deben ser protegidos!

Use este guía para su llamada (por favor sea cortés):
Hola, me llamo ________. Le llamo para pedirle que proteja los programas de cuidado infantil y después de la escuela. Con los recortes presupuestarios más recientes, más de 47,000 niños de la ciudad de Nueva York están en riesgo de perder las oportunidades educativas que los ayudara obtener el éxito. Las familias, que dependen del cuidado infantil y de los programas después de la escuela, son trabajadoras y respetan las reglas de esta ciudad. Sin estos programas, muchas familias no podrán conservar sus trabajos y mantener sus hogares, o se verán obligados a hacer planes que posiblemente sean inseguros para sus hijos. Es moralmente indebido balancear el presupuesto municipal a cuestas de los niños y las familias trabajadoras. Estamos contando con USTED para restaurar los fondos de los programas de cuidado infantil y los programas después del día escolar. Gracias.

Las llamadas al número telefónico mencionado anteriormente serán automáticamente conectadas a uno de los líderes municipales a cargo del presupuesto de la cuidad. Si nadie contesta, por favor de dejar un mensaje de voz.  A pesar del mensaje que reciba de la oficina, por favor tenga la seguridad de que estas son las personas claves en tomar decisiones presupuestarias.

For complete instructions, download the following flyers:

Download Call In Day Flyer (English)

Download Call In Day Flyer (Spanish)

Other Ways You Can Take Action

Send an EMAIL to the Mayor and other elected officials by clicking here or visiting www.CampaignforChildrenNYC.com and clicking the TAKE ACTION button on the right.

OR

You or your child can write a LETTER to the Mayor – telling him why child care and after-school are so important to you and your family – Address letters to:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

*For more information visit: www.CampaignforChildrenNYC.com Facebook: Campaign for Children // Twitter: @ChildrenNYC #Campaign4Children

Encourage Others to Write on Social Media

TWEET: I sent a letter to @MikeBloomberg to say, save our child care and after-school! Send yours: http://bit.ly/ytoaJO #Campaign4Children

FACEBOOK: I sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg to say, save our child care and after-school! You can, too. Follow the link to TAKE ACTION with Campaign for Children. http://bit.ly/ytoaJO

Latest News

From The Children's Aid Blog:

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

From the New York Daily News:

On Wednesday, April 18th, councilwoman Annabel Palma (D-Bronx) met with advocates and parents at The Children's Aid Society's Bronx Family Center to discuss Mayor Bloomberg's proposed cuts to childcare services. Read the complete recap at the link below:

Concerned Bronx pols and advocates visit borough childcare center, one of several threatened by city cuts

Richard Buery Addresses Proposed Cuts on 1010Wins

Click the play button below to listen to Richard Buery, Children's Aid President and CEO, discuss the potentailly devastating impact of the Mayor's proposed cuts to childcare and after-school programs.

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Time is Running Out - 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. YOU can help by sending an email or written letter to the Mayor and elected officials telling them to save these vital programs. Here's how:

What You Can Do

Send an EMAIL to the Mayor and other elected officials by clicking here or visiting www.CampaignforChildrenNYC.com and clicking the TAKE ACTION button on the right.

OR

You or your child can write a LETTER to the Mayor – telling him why child care and after-school are so important to you and your family – Address letters to:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

Make your voice heard! For more information visit: www.CampaignforChildrenNYC.com Facebook: Campaign for Children // Twitter: @ChildrenNYC #Campaign4Children

Encourage Others to Write on Social Media

TWEET: I sent a letter to @MikeBloomberg to say, save our child care and after-school! Send yours: http://bit.ly/ytoaJO #Campaign4Children

FACEBOOK: I sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg to say, save our child care and after-school! You can, too. Follow the link to TAKE ACTION with Campaign for Children. http://bit.ly/ytoaJO

Latest News

From the New York Daily News:

On Wednesday, April 18th, councilwoman Annabel Palma (D-Bronx) met with advocates and parents at The Children's Aid Society's Bronx Family Center to discuss Mayor Bloomberg's proposed cuts to childcare services. Read the complete recap at the link below:

Concerned Bronx pols and advocates visit borough childcare center, one of several threatened by city cuts

Richard Buery Addresses Proposed Cuts on 1010Wins

Click the play button below to listen to Richard Buery, Children's Aid President and CEO, discuss the potentailly devastating impact of the Mayor's proposed cuts to childcare and after-school programs.

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

April 30th 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):

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.

The phone number listed above wil connect you directly to city leaders in charge of the budet. If no one answers, leave a voice mail.

Spanish Instructions:

Llame al (888)-279-3491 para informales a nuestros líderes municipales que el cuidado infantil y los programas después de la escuela deben ser protegidos!

Use este guía para su llamada (por favor sea cortés):
Hola, me llamo ________. Le llamo para pedirle que proteja los programas de cuidado infantil y después de la escuela. Con los recortes presupuestarios más recientes, más de 47,000 niños de la ciudad de Nueva York están en riesgo de perder las oportunidades educativas que los ayudara obtener el éxito. Las familias, que dependen del cuidado infantil y de los programas después de la escuela, son trabajadoras y respetan las reglas de esta ciudad. Sin estos programas, muchas familias no podrán conservar sus trabajos y mantener sus hogares, o se verán obligados a hacer planes que posiblemente sean inseguros para sus hijos. Es moralmente indebido balancear el presupuesto municipal a cuestas de los niños y las familias trabajadoras. Estamos contando con USTED para restaurar los fondos de los programas de cuidado infantil y los programas después del día escolar. Gracias.

Las llamadas al número telefónico mencionado anteriormente serán automáticamente conectadas a uno de los líderes municipales a cargo del presupuesto de la cuidad. Si nadie contesta, por favor de dejar un mensaje de voz.  A pesar del mensaje que reciba de la oficina, por favor tenga la seguridad de que estas son las personas claves en tomar decisiones presupuestarias.

For complete instructions, download the following flyers:

Download Call In Day Flyer (English)

Download Call In Day Flyer (Spanish)

Other Ways You Can Take Action

Send an EMAIL to the Mayor and other elected officials by clicking here or visiting www.CampaignforChildrenNYC.com and clicking the TAKE ACTION button on the right.

OR

You or your child can write a LETTER to the Mayor – telling him why child care and after-school are so important to you and your family – Address letters to:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

*For more information visit: www.CampaignforChildrenNYC.com Facebook: Campaign for Children // Twitter: @ChildrenNYC #Campaign4Children

Encourage Others to Write on Social Media

TWEET: I sent a letter to @MikeBloomberg to say, save our child care and after-school! Send yours: http://bit.ly/ytoaJO #Campaign4Children

FACEBOOK: I sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg to say, save our child care and after-school! You can, too. Follow the link to TAKE ACTION with Campaign for Children. http://bit.ly/ytoaJO

Latest News

From the New York Daily News:

On Wednesday, April 18th, councilwoman Annabel Palma (D-Bronx) met with advocates and parents at The Children's Aid Society's Bronx Family Center to discuss Mayor Bloomberg's proposed cuts to childcare services. Read the complete recap at the link below:

Concerned Bronx pols and advocates visit borough childcare center, one of several threatened by city cuts

Richard Buery Addresses Proposed Cuts on 1010Wins

Click the play button below to listen to Richard Buery, Children's Aid President and CEO, discuss the potentailly devastating impact of the Mayor's proposed cuts to childcare and after-school programs.

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

April 24th is Letter Writing 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 April 24th, YOU can help by sending an email or written letter to the Mayor and elected officials telling them to save these vital programs. Here's how:

What You Can Do

Send an EMAIL to the Mayor and other elected officials by clicking here or visiting www.CampaignforChildrenNYC.com and clicking the TAKE ACTION button on the right.

OR

You or your child can write a LETTER to the Mayor – telling him why child care and after-school are so important to you and your family – Address letters to:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

*If you don’t send your letter on Tuesday, send it in whenever you can – make your voice heard! For more information visit: www.CampaignforChildrenNYC.com Facebook: Campaign for Children // Twitter: @ChildrenNYC #Campaign4Children

Encourage Others to Write on Social Media

TWEET: I sent a letter to @MikeBloomberg to say, save our child care and after-school! Send yours: http://bit.ly/ytoaJO #Campaign4Children

FACEBOOK: I sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg to say, save our child care and after-school! You can, too. Follow the link to TAKE ACTION with Campaign for Children. http://bit.ly/ytoaJO

Download Letter Writing Day Flyer (English)

Download Letter Writing Day Flyer (Spanish)

Latest News

From the New York Daily News:

On Wednesday, April 18th, councilwoman Annabel Palma (D-Bronx) met with advocates and parents at The Children's Aid Society's Bronx Family Center to discuss Mayor Bloomberg's proposed cuts to childcare services. Read the complete recap at the link below:

Concerned Bronx pols and advocates visit borough childcare center, one of several threatened by city cuts

Richard Buery Addresses Proposed Cuts on 1010Wins

Click the play button below to listen to Richard Buery, Children's Aid President and CEO, discuss the potentailly devastating impact of the Mayor's proposed cuts to childcare and after-school programs.

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Help us Fight for New York City Children and Families

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Mayor Bloomberg’s released his preliminary budget for New York City.  While many programs and services have been protected, the proposed budget fails to include funding for child care and after-school programs for more than 47,000 children currently enrolled in these programs.  The Mayor’s proposed budget would eliminate child care for 15,900 children, and would cut after-school programs for 31,800 children – leaving 47,000 of New York’s children and their families stranded without care. Currently, Children's Aid serves 2,280 children in city-funded OST programs and more than 600 childrens in early childhood programs.

Watch a video of Children's Aid Ambassadors Speaking Out Against these Proposed Funding Cuts


These sweeping cuts would strike a devastating blow to New York City’s working parents – who depend on these critical services to keep their jobs – and their children – who need these early education and after-school programs for future success. The cuts represent a dramatic departure from the Mayor’s stated desire to make education reforms and economic development his top priorities and the foundation of his legacy as mayor.

What you can do:

Send a letter to Mayor Bloomberg and other elected officals by clicking here. Or write to him at:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

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Richard Buery on 1010Wins

Campaign for Children Call In Day

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What you can do:

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.

Background:

Mayor Bloomberg’s released his preliminary budget for New York City.  While many programs and services have been protected, the proposed budget fails to include funding for child care and after-school programs for more than 47,000 children currently enrolled in these programs.  The Mayor’s proposed budget would eliminate child care for 15,900 children, and would cut after-school programs for 31,800 children – leaving 47,000 of New York’s children and their families stranded without care. Currently, Children's Aid serves 2,280 children in city-funded OST programs and more than 600 childrens in early childhood programs.

These sweeping cuts would strike a devastating blow to New York City’s working parents – who depend on these critical services to keep their jobs – and their children – who need these early education and after-school programs for future success. The cuts represent a dramatic departure from the Mayor’s stated desire to make education reforms and economic development his top priorities and the foundation of his legacy as mayor.

Mayor’s Preliminary Budget Leaves City Children and Working Parents Stranded

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Mayor Bloomberg’s released his preliminary budget for New York City.  While many programs and services have been protected, the proposed budget fails to include funding for child care and after-school programs for more than 47,000 children currently enrolled in these programs.  The Mayor’s proposed budget would eliminate child care for 15,900 children, and would cut after-school programs for 31,800 children – leaving 47,000 of New York’s children and their families stranded without care. Currently, Children's Aid serves 2,280 children in city-funded OST programs and more than 600 childrens in early childhood programs.

These sweeping cuts would strike a devastating blow to New York City’s working parents – who depend on these critical services to keep their jobs – and their children – who need these early education and after-school programs for future success. The cuts represent a dramatic departure from the Mayor’s stated desire to make education reforms and economic development his top priorities and the foundation of his legacy as mayor.

What you can do:

Call Mayor Bloomberg (311) and tell him that high quality after-school programs and childcare/early childhood education are essential for both children and working families.  Or write to him at:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

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

Advocate for a Fair Tax System Today!

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The Children’s Aid Society is advocating for a balanced approach to deficit reduction at the city, state and federal levels. Over the last two years, New York State has cut critical education, after-school and health care programs for children and families. Low-income New Yorkers have sacrificed tremendously, but they cannot bear the burden of this current economic situation alone.

The Personal Income Tax Surcharge (PIT) will expire on December 31, 2011, unless State leaders act.  Extending this tax on those who earn the most to avoid additional cuts to vital programs and services is the right choice for New York. On December 4th, Governor Cuomo, who has been opposed to extending the surcharge, called for comprehensive reform of New York’s tax code, which would allow the PIT to lapse and, at the same time, have high-income earners pay a higher rate than they would under existing tax brackets.  

Click here to tell your State representatives and Governor Cuomo that you support extending the PIT to protect programs that help children and families! Make your voice heard!
 

What can we do at the New York State level?

Contact:

Governor Andrew Cuomo at (518) 474-8390

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at (212) 312-1420

Senate Majority Leader Skelos at (518) 455-3171.

Find your NYS Senator at the NYS Senate Web site and your Assembly Member at the NYS Assemble Web site and enter your address and zip code to obtain the contact information of your NY State representatives.

Tell them: "Please reinstate the Personal Income Tax to help off-set the widening budget gap before it expires on December 31, 2011 OR support comprehensive tax reform, which would make high-income earners pay their fair share. New York's future depends upon all New Yorkers contributing their fair share. Millionaires who benefit from doing business in New York State should help bear the burden of addressing the growing budget deficit that threatens the outlook of the State's most vulnerable as well as New York State's economy and business environment."