Statement of the Campaign for Children in Response to Preliminary Budget for City Fiscal Year 2018

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January 25, 2017

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2017
Contact: Stephanie Gendell, (646) 232-6721,
“On behalf of the over 22,000 middle school students and their families who will be spared the anxiety of not knowing whether they will have a summer program this summer, we thank
Mayor de Blasio for proactively funding a large portion of the summer programs for middle school students that were at risk in the budget. In addition, creating 10 new Beacon Community Centers in high-risk neighborhoods with a $6.2 million investment will reap rewards for multiple generations of New Yorkers. These are tremendous victories for New York City families and communities. We look forward to working with the Mayor and the City Council to see these new Beacons to fruition and to ensure the funding for summer programs is fully restored and permanently in the budget.”


ABOUT CAMPAIGN FOR CHILDREN: The Campaign for Children is a coalition of 150 early childhood education and after-school advocacy and provider organizations, including Citizens’ Committee for Children, The Children’s Aid Society, United Neighborhood Houses, Good Shepherd Services, FPWA, theDay Care Council of New York, UJA-Federation of New York, and the YMCA of Greater New York. The Campaign’s successful advocacy saved child care and after-school programs for more than 47,000 children by securing more than $120 million of one-year City Council discretionary funds for two consecutive years, which then were successfully baselined. The Campaign also advocated for the expansion of Universal Pre-K and middle school after-school programs in NYC, and saved summer programs for over 31,000 children.

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