Eric Adams Announces Blueprint for Child Care in NYC
The plan features a $2 billion investment over the next four years in early child care, including allocated funding for undocumented families
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Under the blueprint, the administration will cut red tape and alleviate the frustrations of the application process for families by launching a new application portal designed specifically for child care, allowing families to navigate the process easier. Through DOHMH, the administration will streamline the background check process to work for a child-care provider, reducing administrative burden and clearing the agency’s backlog. DOHMH will also hire an additional 40 staff members to expedite results and make it significantly easier for providers to make new seats available, all while maintaining thorough checks on all staff and employees.
The blueprint builds on private-public partnership. The Child Care Quality and Innovation Initiative, in partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation, allocates a $100 million fund that will make child care more accessible, while improving the quality of care provided to New York children.
“High-quality, affordable child care sets the next generation up for success while allowing parents to get back to work, helping cut poverty now and in the future. It’s one of the most effective poverty-fighting tools we have — and we are excited to partner with Mayor Adams to expand the city’s child care offerings,” Richard R. Buery, Jr., Robin Hood Foundation CEO, said. “As we rebuild a new New York post-pandemic, ensuring every family has access to these child programs will be critical. We look forward to working with the city on data-driven programs that will turn New York City into a child care metropolis, uplifting hundreds of thousands of families.”
More information about the plan for child care and early childhood education is available here.
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