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The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg

Mayor of the City of New York

City Hall

New York, NY 10007


Dear Mayor Bloomberg:


We, the members of the Campaign for Children, urge you to ensure that your Executive Budget includes funding for the 47,000 child care and after-school slots currently slated for elimination.


The Campaign for Children is a partnership between The Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care and the NYC Youth Alliance. Given the bleak outlook for these critical systems that enable low-income parents to work and provide essential educational supports to children, we are partnering to advocate for the resources needed to maintain capacity in Fiscal Year 2013. In addition, we are launching this Campaign to urge your administration to fully fund the vision for high-quality child care and after-school programs laid out in the EarlyLearn and Out-of-School Time (OST) RFPs.


The Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) Preliminary Budget, combined with the EarlyLearn NYC (EarlyLearn) and Out-of-School Time (OST) RFPs, will cut child care and after-school programs for 47,000 children. This means that 47,000 fewer children will have the services and resources necessary to ensure their future success, and that their working parents will be forced to make potentially unsafe arrangements for their children in order to keep their jobs and maintain their livelihoods.


We support your efforts to close the achievement gap and prioritize education for our city’s children. However, we are very concerned that this is the fifth straight year that child care and after-school programs have been cut in the budget process. These are programs that have proven essential to closing the achievement gap. Since 2009, 43,000 fewer children have been served in the subsidized child care and after-school systems; if the proposed cuts outlined in the FY13 budget are allowed to stand, an additional 47,000 children will be cut from these systems. This would mean that in five short years, more than 90,000 children will have been left without care.


The Preliminary Budget, combined with the expected cuts to capacity as a result of the EarlyLearn RFP, would lead to the loss of 8,200 child care slots and 7,700 child care vouchers. Cutting child care from low-income working families will not only endanger many of our city’s most vulnerable children, but also negatively impact the economy, in that it will force many hard-working parents, including 311 operators, hospital staff, cashiers, and home health aides, to have to quit their jobs.


Moreover, as you testified at the recent State Assembly and Senate Budget hearing, “what happens after the final school bell of the day rings is as important to students as what goes on in the classrooms.” We are proud that the OST system was created by your administration and held up as a national model of success. Yet since 2009, as a result of successive budget cuts, OST has served 30,000 fewer youth. The FY13 Preliminary Budget, combined with cuts to capacity in the new OST RFP, would reduce the system’s capacity by another 25,000 slots. This would leave a mere 27,000 children served by OST. In addition, 6,800 after-school slots are slated to be lost through proposed cuts to Beacons and Cornerstone Programs. This will leave tens of thousands of 5-13 year old children without safe, high-quality programs between the hours of 3-6pm each and every working day.


We, the Campaign for Children, urge you to fund child care and after-school programs in your Executive Budget, so that these 47,000 children can continue to learn while their parents continue to work. We urge you to fund your vision.  We know that the economic recession of the past three years has made budget reductions a reality – tough choices needed to be made.  That said, enacting these cuts will deal a devastating blow to struggling children and families. As a Mayor seeking to improve the education of our children, ensure college and career readiness for black and Latino youth, and stabilize the City’s economy, we believe you should reassess proposed budget cuts in the realm of child care and after-school.


It’s time to turn the tide for New York City’s children and youth, to ensure that the children who need these essential early education and after-school services have access to them. The Campaign for Children would like to work with you and your administration to fund high-quality systems that serve greater, rather than fewer, numbers of children. While budget times necessitate tough choices, we simply cannot allow 90,000 children to do without the tools they need for success. We urge you to take the first critical step necessary to stabilize the child care and after-school systems in your Executive Budget by restoring $104 million to the Administration for Children’s Services for child care and $66 million to the Department of Youth and Community Development for after-school programs.



82nd Street Academics
Advocates for Children of New York
Alianza Dominicana
Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA
Belmont Community Day Care Center
Bronx House
Bronx YMCA
Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled
Brooklyn Community Services
Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
Campaign for Summer Jobs
Campaign for Tomorrow’s Workforce
Center Against Domestic Violence
Center for Children’s Initiatives
Center for Family Life/SCO
Center for Youth Violence Prevention at Columbia University
Child Center for New York
Children’s Aid Society
Children’s Defense Fund-NY
Chinatown YMCA
Chinese-American Planning Council
Citizens’ Committee for Children
Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families
COFCCA (Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies)
Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
Cooper Square Committee
Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush
Council of School Supervisors and Administrators
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Cross Island YMCA
Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
Day Care Council of New York
Dodge YMCA
East Calvary Day Care Center
East Side House Settlement
ECE Policyworks
Economic Justice and Social Welfare Network Child Care Committee
Educational Alliance
Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care
Episcopal Social Services
Family Dynamics/ SCO
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
Flatbush Action Community Day Care Center, Inc.
Flatbush Development Corporation
Flatbush YMCA
Flushing YMCA
Fort Washington Collegiate Church
Friends of the Children of NY
Global Kids
Goddard Riverside Community Center
Good Shepherd Services
Graham Windham
Grand Street Settlement
Greenpoint YMCA
HANAC Youth Services
Harlem RBI
Harlem YMCA
Hartley House
Head Start Sponsoring Boards Council
Hebrew Educational Society
Helen Owen Carey Day Care Center
Henry Street Settlement
Hudson Guild
Human Services Council
Imani House
Inwood Community Services
Italian American Civil Rights League
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House
Jamaica YMCA
Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services (JBCFS)
Jewish Child Care Association
Jewish Community Center of Staten Island
Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island
Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
Jewish Home Lifecare
Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club
Lawyers for Children
Leake and Watts Services
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Long Island City YMCA
LSA Family Health Service
Madison Square Boys and Girls Club
Manhattan Youth
MARC Academy and Family Center, Inc.
Maspeth Town Hall
McBurney YMCA
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
Middle Collegiate Church
Midwood Development Corp.
Nasry Michelen Day Care Center
National Council of Jewish Women
Neighborhood Family Services Coalition
Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corp
New Settlement Apartments Community Services
New York City Youth Alliance
New York Immigration Coalition
New York Junior Tennis League
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
New York Zero-to-Three Network
North Brooklyn Child Care Coalition
North Brooklyn YMCA
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
NYC Mission Society
NYU School of Law Family Defense Clinic
Operation Exodus Inner City, Inc.
Partnership for After-School Education (PASE)
Phipps Community Development Corporation
Police Athletic League, Inc
Professional Association of Day Care Directors of New York
Prospect Park YMCA
Queens Community House
Resilience Advocacy Project
Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.
Ridgewood YMCA
Riverdale Neighborhood House
Riverdale YM-YWHA
Rockaway Artists Alliance, Inc.
Samuel Field Y
SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action)
SCAN- New York
SCO Family of Services
Shorefront YM- YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach
Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Centers
Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation
St John’s Place Family Center HDFC
St. Nick’s Alliance
Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc.
Staten Island Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (SICCAN)
Staten Island YMCA
Sunnyside Community Services
Suspension Representation Project
The After-School Corporation
The Center for Independence of the Disabled — NY
The Door
UJA-Federation of New York
Union Settlement Association
United Activities Unlimited
United Community Centers
United Neighborhood Houses
University Settlement Society
Vanderbilt YMCA
VISIONS / Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
West Side YMCA
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood
YMCA of Greater NY
Youth Development Institute




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