First Year Priorities for the Next Administration

Budget Analysis & Priorities

October 1, 2021

The Campaign for Children (C4C) was formed in 2011 and represents more than 150 organizations including advocates, early care and education, and after-school and summer camp providers. In April 2021, C4C issued a policy platform that outlined the actions needed by incoming City leaders to build a holistic system of early childhood education and youth services. This document identifies first year priorities for the next administration. The following is a quick summary of the 4 priority areas:

Address Child Care Needs to Lay Foundation for a Universal Birth-to-Five System

  • Add new infant/toddler seats.
  • Convert a significant share of 3-K and Pre-K seats to extended day/extended year.
  • Increase access to child care vouchers and reduce the backlog of families on voucher list.
  • Decentralize enrollment and permit contracted Early Childhood providers to enroll eligible families into their own programs.
  • Embed developmental and behavioral health supports in child care contracts with nonprofit organizations.

Make Building Block Investments to achieve Universal Year-Round Youth Programming

  • Baseline funding for summer middle school programs.
  • Expand year-round programs for elementary school students.

Stabilize the Child & Youth Workforce

  • Extend salary parity to include benefits and longevity increases, as well as staff left out of the original 2019 agreement: Community Based Organization (CBO) preschool special educators and community-based directors.
  • Increase afterschool and summer youth programming rates to reflect the true cost of program operations and ensure properly compensated staff.
  • Address the current Department of Health & Mental Hygiene clearance backlog affecting child care and youth service staff.

Reinstate the Children’s Cabinet and Engage CBOs in Cross-sector Planning

  • Reinstate the Children’s Cabinet and empower it with authority to coordinate across child and youth-serving agencies and inform the development of new policy initiatives.
  • Begin the process of integrating data systems to analyze and respond to child, youth, and family needs over time.

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