NYNP: Opposition to After-School and Child Care Cuts Spreads Across City
Opposition to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed cuts to early childhood and after-school programs is moving beyond the usual confines of City Hall park and is rapidly spreading to neighborhoods and communities across the City. Over the next few days, a number of rallies are being organized by advocates, community groups and nonprofit service providers in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and upper Manhattan.
Last week, it was learned that 172 Out of School Time programs serving almost 25,000 elementary and middle school children will be closing as new contracts are awarded which conform to funding levels in the Mayor’s Executive Budget for FY2012-13. This represents a 43% reduction in the overall number of OST programs available for New York City children. On Friday, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) announced contract award recommendations for the new EarlyLearn NYC program which will reduce the number of subsidized slots in City-funded centers by approximately 6,000. Additional cuts are being made to the number of child care vouchers being made available to eligible families.