January 21, 2022
Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York is a 76-year-old independent, multi-issue child advocacy organization. We do not accept or Children of New York receive public funding, provide direct services, nor represent a sector or workforce; our primary goal is to improve outcomes for children and families in New York. We document the facts, engage and mobilize New Yorkers, and advocate for solutions to ensure that every New York child is healthy, housed, educated, and safe.
As our city begins to recover from the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that newly elected leaders prioritize addressing the critical needs of New York City’s children and families.
Families have experienced immense loss of life, job and income loss, and heightened housing and food insecurity, and children within families have experienced social isolation, disruption in education and developmental supports with too many having missed out on months of learning. The presence of multiple and heightened stressors has led to trauma and resulted in skyrocketing behavioral health needs.
These unprecedented challenges have not only exacerbated existing inequities but have drawn attention to long unaddressed needs and barriers to wellbeing rooted in structural racism and systemic discrimination of all forms, with particularly negative impact wrought on women of color and immigrant households.
Incoming city leaders must act with urgency to address the needs of children, families and communities hardest hit by the pandemic to not only promote family and child wellbeing but to avoid repercussions that will be profound, long-lasting, and unacceptably costly in both human and socio-economic terms. CCC stands ready to partner with city elected leaders and policymakers to prioritize equity, justice, and wellbeing for our city’s children, families, and communities. In addition to informing budget, policy, and legislative action locally, we are ready to work alongside incoming leaders to ensure that decisions made in Albany and in Washington DC result in the financial partnership required for bold progress here at home in NYC.
Jump to a specific part of our New York City Transition Plan
Create and support a robust continuum of primary health and behavioral health care for children,
adolescents, and their caregivers by:
Increase overall access to – and eliminate racial and geographic disparities in engagement with – Early Intervention
(EI) services for young children with developmental delays and disabilities, including by:
Address widespread food insecurity by:
Fulfill the city’s commitment to eliminate childhood lead poisoning by:
Prioritize policies that keep children, youth and families stably and safely housed by:
Commit to an equitable educational continuum from early care and education through K to 12 including afterschool and summer programming and youth employment supports by:
Investing in neighborhood equity with a focus on lifting incomes and ensuring access to needed services and infrastructure that promote safety, prevent violence and contribute to child, family and community well-being through:
Advance race equity through data collection and dissemination and use data to inform budget and policymaking by: