Parents, grandparents and guardians: You are your child's first and best advocate! Young children need the adults in their lives to stand up and be heard on their behalf!
Today, most young children in New York have no parent at home during the day. Families need affordable, high-quality child care options. Children who attend high-quality early childhood programs are healthier and perform better in school. They’re less likely to smoke, abuse alcohol and illegal drugs, engage in risk-taking behavior, and be arrested and incarcerated. But high quality child care can be costly and not easily accessed. That’s why we ask parents to advocate for the availability of high quality, affordable child care for all children.
Tell your story
Telling your personal story is the most important thing you can do to influence lawmakers and improve New York State’s early care and education system. Whether you are a parent of an infant, toddler or school age child , a child care provider or a business owner with employees who need high-quality child care, your “real life” story demonstrates the importance of this issue. If you would like to contact Child Care Solutions to inform us about your struggle finding high quality child care you can reach us at 315-446-1220 or email Jessica Swieck, Marketing Director. We urge you to also contact and tell your story to your elected officials at:
- Join the NYS Early Care & Learning Council mailing list. The NYS Early Care and Learning Council is statewide, not-for-profit, membership organization that's mission is to promote excellence in early care and education with equal access for all families.
- Join Parent Network: News & Action Center. You will receive a monthly newsletter written by a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics focusing on the needs of parents, grandparents or anyone involved with raising and/or caring for young children. You will also be alerted about policies and other news that affects you and your family. You will be provided with easy-to-use tools to immediately connect with lawmakers to express your support for or opposition to budget initiatives, legislation or policies.
- Visit the Child Care Aware Legislative Action Center. Child Care Aware® of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. They lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, undertake research, and advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families.