Child care advocates in New York are calling for more permanent solutions to support the child care workforce, following Gov. Kathy Hochul’s State of the State address.
Child care advocates acknowledged the governor’s four child care proposals as positive steps. These include support for family and group child care providers, quality improvement reimbursements, mental health resource advancements, and continued pandemic-era grant funding for child care workers. However, they emphasized the need for a significant and sustained increase in workforce compensation to address recruitment and retention challenges.
Lawmakers highlighted the necessity of better compensation and expanded care access for parents with unconventional work hours. They reiterated the need for a state-proposed permanent funding line to supplement child care workforce wages.
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