MANHATTAN – New York is facing an affordable child care crisis that needs to be addressed— that’s the message Upper East Side Council Member Julie Menin is sending in new resolution introduced Thursday that would call on state lawmakers to make universal child care a reality.
“Parents are being pushed out of the workforce because they can’t enroll their children in programs that provide proper care and support,” said Menin, a mother of four children herself.
“Often, if they can find a program, their exorbitant costs make them out of reach.”
In fact, some programs can be more expensive than a family’s monthly rent costs. Child care for an infant or toddler could cost as much as $2600 a month, according to a recent report by Office of New York State Senator Jabari Brisport and the Alliance for Quality Education.
“This childcare crisis has a ripple effect throughout our city,” Menin told the City Council on Thursday.
“As we envision the future of our city, we have to strengthen the support system needed to meet the demand for excellent child care,“ she added
Menin’s resolution would affirm the City Council’s position to push for the passage of three pieces of legislation, introduced in the New York State legislature, that lay the groundwork for universal child care funded by taxpayers, as well as increase the availably of child care financial assistance to lower-income parents.
NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Council Members Tiffany Cabán, Lincoln Restler and Chi Ossé have already signed-on to co-sponsor the bill.
The resolution now heads to the City Council’s Committee on General Welfare for review, where Council Member Menin has requested a hearing.