Annual Albany Bus Trip
We are very excited for Long Island Early Care & Education Day this year! This event will take place on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017.
See the flyer below. Be sure to register no later than March 1st, 2017.
Come and join the Councils on an informative bus trip to Albany. Coffee and bagels will be served in the morning. Unite with us as we meet with representatives from the NY State Legislature. This trip is free of charge but donations are kindly accepted. Please join us in the state-wide effort to make our voices heard!
For additional information, please contact Kristen Weeden or Jennifer Rojas.
Here's the Recap on 2016's Albany Trip!
On Tuesday, March 15 2016, Child Care Councils of Nassau and Suffolk traveled together to Albany to participate in this year’s Early Care & Education Day. The primary focus of the day was to educate and inform New York State legislators on various child care advocacy initiatives with particular emphasis on $190 million in funding.
The budget request was in response to the need for maintaining current children in the subsidy system, ensuring compliance with new federally-mandated regulations, and reaching an additional 13,000 children in NYS, who live in income-eligible families and are waiting for subsidies.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG), signed into law in 2014 by President Obama, calls for new health and safety requirements estimated to cost approximately $90 million. These requirements include background clearances, licensing, and professional training.
The $100 million was set aside for an additional 10% of eligible children, as current funding only serves 22% of those eligible for subsidies. The goal behind this is to aid employers and working parents, support the New York economy, and assist child development and school readiness by 2020.
Nassau Council’s constituents, numbering 25, were comprised of CCCN staff, the Director of the Uniondale Early Childhood Center, Council’s Board President, representatives from the Parent Leadership Initiative Long Island, and students from C.W. Post. Divided into three constituent groups, each group met with their senate and assembly representatives to reinforce the critical need for the $190 million in budget funds.
At the end of the day everyone smiled for a picture with Senator Michael Venditto before heading back to the bus. The journey to Albany was an enjoyable experience for all who participated! With careful planning, we look forward to the trip again in 2017.