Child Care Solutions advocates for high-quality child care because we know all children deserve it. But did you know that high quality child care is good for our entire community?
Short-term—it supports local families so they can work. Their productivity on the job keeps our businesses running and enables residents to provide for their families, buy homes and pay taxes to support the economic stability of our community.
Long-term—it increases school readiness and lays the foundation for children’s later success in school and in life. With lackluster test scores and high dropout rates plaguing many of our schools, it’s time to invest more money in school readiness. Research studies have found that 75% of brain growth and 85% of intellect, personality and social skills develop before age five. Children with a high quality early learning experience have an advantage. They are 40% less likely to need remedial services, 30% more likely to graduate from high school, and 200% more likely to go on to college.
High quality child care is good for business too. Many Fortune 500 companies have found that increasing access to child care helps employees to balance their family and work roles and improves productivity, reduces absenteeism, cuts turnover and increases company value.
Child Care Solutions actively advocates for public policy that will ensure that high quality child care is available for every child & family in our community. Because we are committed to this issue we are members of the Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC), Winning Beginning NY (WBNY), and Child Care Aware of America. These organizations are leaders in state and national early care and education advocacy efforts. Our own local Policy Agenda speaks to the issues of greatest concern here in Central New York. Visit our Advocacy Center to learn more about the the importance of high quality child care and public policy agendas.
Women of Distinction Award 2022: Child Care Solutions Executive Director, Lori Schakow
The 10th annual Women of Distinction Awards took place on Saturday, March 19th, 2022. Seven women were awarded and honored in various categories like business and education for giving back to their community and being an advocate. One of those seven, is our Executive Director, Lori Schakow! She received this award in the business category for her work to push for acceptable and high-quality child care. She is an advocate for children in this community by making sure that every child is in a safe and high-quality learning environment.
Read the full story and watch her on the news by clicking here.