Massive Needs Remain Unaddressed in New York’s Child Care System


January 4, 2022

Check out CCC’s latest infographic for an analysis of how the early care and education system in New York City has changed over the past decade, and the gaps that need to be addressed by incoming city and state leaders. Key findings include:

  • The City’s contracted system has grown from 33,000 seats in 2013 to over 92,000 seats in 2020.
  • Only 24% of all children under five are served by the publicly-funded system, including only 7% of infants and toddlers.
  • 91% of infants and 70% of toddlers are income-eligible for subsidized child care but not enrolled.
  • Infant and toddler care is unaffordable for families across income spectrums with the greatest cost burden shouldered by low-income families and families headed by single parents.
  • Only 13% of four-year-olds in the City’s Universal Pre-K program received full-day, year-round care.
  • As 3-K has expanded there has been a subsequent decline in full-day, year-round seats for three-year-olds.

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