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Tell city leaders to reverse cuts to early childhood and youth services

The early education and youth service systems are facing budget cuts of historic magnitude that will decimate systems and services essential to child and youth development and wellbeing and central to parental workforce attachment and economic recovery.

High-quality birth-to-twelve child care is essential to the lives of families, offering parents and caretakers the freedom and flexibility to work, and giving children the opportunity to develop academically, socially, and emotionally. Unfortunately, too many families throughout the city face barriers accessing child care, and looming cuts to early education and youth services will have devastating effects on existing care.

CCC’s recent data report on the affordability of birth-to-12 child care in New York City revealed that around 80% of families in New York City cannot afford child care for their children across the age continuum. Barriers to accessing child care only further hinder children’s participation in social and academic programs and parents’ ability to work and earn a living. At a time when access to child care is so crucial, the mayoral administration cuts in the Preliminary Budget further slash millions from crucial care programs such as Summer Rising, COMPASS, and birth-to-three early education.

Affordable and high-quality child care is essential to the lives of New Yorkers and we need your help to ensure that city leaders protect and invest in child care by expanding options for families and rejecting budget cuts in the FY’25 Adopted Budget.

View the priorities of the Campaign 4 Children here, and a visualization of the harmful impact of early care cuts here. Please take a few minutes to submit the letter below to your city leaders. take a few minutes to submit the letter below to your city leaders.

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