Tuesday Trends: Cuts in NYC Childcare on way

Bloomberg Budget Cuts
Teachers, parents and children’s advocates across New York City shuddered Thursday morning as Mayor Michael Bloomberg released his executive budget: Just as they feared, the budget failed to restore $170 million to child-care and after-school services that advocates deemed necessary to maintain the system’s current capacity.
In March, when the mayor first proposed these cuts, scores of organizations around the city banded together to convince him to change his mind. A host of local politicians, including some generally dependable Bloomberg allies, like the City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, said the cuts would be unacceptable, and parents and teachers spoke out against them from the steps of City Hall.
But to no avail. “While Mayor Bloomberg’s efforts to improve New York City’s education system are laudable, his consistent, massive cuts to after-school programs and early-childhood education are counter to his efforts to be the education mayor,” said Richard Buery, the head of the Children’s Aid Society, a 150-year-old organization that serves low-income children at dozens of locations around New York.
The mayor has cut child-care and after-school programs for five straight years, leaving 90,000 children total without these programs come September, advocates said. Buery estimated that this year alone, the combined effects of the cuts and an overhaul of the child-care and after-school systems would eliminate 15,900 child-care slots and slash after-school services for 31,800 children — “programs proven to prepare children for school, support them while in school and help low-income, working parents keep their jobs.”
A statement from the group United Neighborhood Houses called the cuts “nothing short of disgraceful.”
“It is a hit to not only the 47,000 children who will lose the critical educational and social support they are provided through these programs, but to their parents, who will be forced to quit their jobs to take care of their children or leave them alone after the school day ends. Thousands of jobs will be lost at non-profit agencies with the shuttering of these programs.”
Samantha Levine, a spokesperson for the administration, replied that the city’s early-child-care program “remains among the most generous and comprehensive.” She said the changes, which will reduce the number of programs, but ostensibly improve the quality of those that survive, “will strengthen the system, helping our youngest children develop socially and intellectually during the most important learning years of their lives.”
She did not comment on the cuts to the after-school system.
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Perhaps if they stopped paying wages to their “trouble” teachers (and contributing to their pensions) who are sitting in a room awaiting their hearing and doing nothing they wouldn’t have to cut funding. If I remember correctly, the teachers awaiting hearing wait about 3 years, so they get paid do just sit in a room and wait. Imagine what could be paid for if they stopped that nonsense. Watch “Waiting for Superman”, it is an eye opener. BlueBelles
When people have to leave their jobs they will be called lazy because they will have to get some sort of Govt. assistance. I would rather see children in a learning environment and the parents making a salary. nj fl
Thousands of jobs will be lost at non-profit agencies with the shuttering of these programs.” That is the point isn’t it? The new system forces single parents to go to work and dump their child on the so called not for profit caretakers but the government will pay the daycare $500.00 a week for daycare while the mom earns $7.00 an hour instead of staying at home.America has been brainwashed into thinking ALL OUR TAXES ARE BEING SPENT ON WELFARE. lklphotogirl
You need all levels of income for a city to succeed. Low income families need child support. Then let parents deduct all costs of raising their children from their taxes. Let them get credits if they pay too much children are our future. I would rather educate them than pay for it later. Ie poor health, mental health, prisons. Why do businesses get to deduct all sorts of crazy things. Unless our politicians really only care about corporations and not people. murfiani39