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New York Child Care Task Force reports progress, highlights need for continued investment

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The New York state Child Care Availability Task Force unveiled a new report on Friday, detailing significant advancements in child care services following the recent state budget approval. The budget sustains a four-year, $7 billion commitment aimed at broadening access to affordable child care and bolstering the workforce in this sector.

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According to the report, New York has taken major steps since May 2021, such as increasing child care eligibility to the federal maximum and directing substantial funding to enhance services for children and families. However, the task force emphasized that achieving universal child care requires further strategic framework and immediate changes.

The task force’s latest findings celebrate doubled funding for the Child Care Assistance Program and various enhancements, including increased income eligibility limits and subsidies, particularly benefiting providers who cater to homeless families or operate during non-traditional hours. State officials, including Acting Commissioner Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden of the Office of Children and Family Services, expressed a strong commitment to evolving towards a universally accessible child care system.



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