PUBLIC POLICY UP-DATE – JANUARY 2015
Winning Beginnings, a statewide coalition working to inform policymakers and the public about the many benefits of early care and learning for children from the prenatal period through age eight, has released the 2015-16 budget Requests on behalf of NYS children and families.
Currently, in Rochester, less than 1/4 of eligible children and families are rewarded with child care subsidies. These subsidies help move two generations out of poverty: parents are able to work because their children are cared for adequately in an appropriate learning environment. In Rochester, and all around New York State, the need for more funding is apparent.
Winning Beginnings is submitting the following budget request to Governor Cuomo. Please join RAEYC in advocating young children in NYS!!
Download a PDF to share with others: Winning Beginnings 2015-16 NYS Budget Request on behalf of children & families
AN ESSENTIAL FOUNDATION TO THE FULL CONTINUUM OF SERVICES
Invest $29 million in increasing quality in early learning through implementation of a quality rating and improvement system, such as QUALITYstarsNY.
CONTINUUM of ESSENTIAL SERVICES for CHILDREN PRENATALLY to 8 YEARS OF AGE
Invest $4 million in the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program.
Maintain $23.5 million and restore $3.5 million for the Healthy Families New York (HFNY) program.
Invest $2 million in evidence-based programs or promising practices.
Early Intervention (EI)
Increase reimbursement rates by at least 5%.
Require health insurance companies to contribute to the cost of EI so that young children can receive high –quality services from qualified professionals.
Invest an additional $100 million in child care subsidies to serve at least 13,000 children who are eligible and waiting. Continue to expand that investment to reach $2.2 billion annually by the year 2000 to provide universal access to the estimated 305,000 children of working parents who are currently eligible for and in the need of high-quality early learning.
Add at least $150 million to the Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program to provide upfront funding for districts outside New York City, and fully support New York City’s plan to reach universal service in the 2015-16 school year.
Ensure at least $178.5 million in new funds for afterschool across the entire State.