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Thank State Legislators
Thank your state legislators for supporting child care for working families! Click here to tell them you appreciate increased funding for child care subsidies in the recently passed state budget.

Quality child care is one of the most important ways to prepare young children for success in school, but at a cost of more than $12,000 a year, it's out of reach for many working families. Child care subsidies help working families pay for the high cost of child care so that kids get the developmental challenges they need and parents can continue to be reliable, productive members of the workforce.

Our advocacy for child care subsidies in the New York State budget paid off: despite a very challenging State budget situation, we made substantial progress toward our goal of a $300 million increase, which would have brought the state back to 2010 subsidy funding levels. The Governor's proposal allocated $215 million in state general funds for subsidies and the Legislature added $9 million new state funds on top of that. Because of a shift in other funding streams for child care, this results in a net gain of $3 million over last year for subsidies!

If you reached out to your State legislator during the budget deliberation process through a letter, or on-line email campaign, or other channels, thank you! Even if you haven't lent your voice to this effort yet, will you join us now in thanking our legislators?

Click here to send a note of thanks to your legislators for their support of children.

Thank you for all you do for Rochester's vulnerable kids and families

Thank President Obama
President Obam's early learning initiative plan is bold and it needs your support. The President's plan does three incredibly important things: It expands voluntary home visiting programs that support and educate parents, increases availability of high-quality child care for infants and toddlers, and gives all children in low- and moderate-income families access to high-quality prekindergarten programs. Read more...