Child Care Council of Suffolk Public Policy
Child Care Council of Suffolk believes that New York State must ensure that parents have access to high-quality early care and learning programs. These programs are essential for children’s success and the economic stability of our county. Child Care Council of Suffolk works closely with Child Care Council of Nassau to advocate for quality care for all children.
Child Care and Development Block Grants (CCDBG) Requirements
Child Care Council of Suffolk supports the implementation of legislative and regulatory changes to implement the Child Care Development Block Grants (CCDBG) requirements. We advocate for an early childhood learning fund with a dedicated revenue stream to increase the percentage of children being served by child care subsidies.
Even with this aid Long Island families have experienced:
- Increased parent fees
- Fewer available subsidies
- Fewer child care options as programs struggle with rate changes and delayed payments.
Suffolk County needs $4-5 million in allocation in order to serve families with income up to 200 percent of poverty. It is critical that New York State continues to focus on early childhood and strengthen the child care system in the coming years.