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December 4, 2014
New report recommends ways to ease financial burden of child care
There isn’t much debate that quality child care is expensive in Colorado, stretching parents’ pocketbooks and providers’ lean budgets. A new report released…
September 2, 2014
New report digs into factors behind Colorado’s high child care costs
Factors such as high property taxes, more stringent quality standards and an underfunded state subsidy program all contribute to the high cost of child care in Colorado, according to a new brief.
August 1, 2014
New programs for teen parents on the way in Aurora
Three new programs for pregnant and parenting teens will unfold over the next 12 months in Aurora with the goal of expanding educational opportunities for a group with historically low graduation rates.
August 15, 2013
Quinn, de Blasio tangle over schools as campaign trail heats up
Newly considered a frontrunner in the Democratic mayoral primary, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is taking aim at City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and he's using her education record as ammunition. Their dustup over after-school funding was only one of several statements that mayoral candidates made today about their plans for the city's schools, as the pace of proposals — and re-proposals — picks up with the primary just weeks away. Displaying a chart titled "New York City Out-of-School Time Seats Past Six Years Under Bloomberg and Quinn" at a press conference outside East Side Community High School today, de Blasio decried Quinn as complicit in recent cuts to city-funded after-school and child-care programs.
June 20, 2013
Child care app among city’s latest BigApps winners
The creators of ChildCareDesk, which helps families find high-quality child-care centers using their mobile phones, have won $25,000 from the city for creating the “best jobs and economic mobility app” among 54 submitted in this year’s NYC BigApps contest. Here’s the city’s description of the app, which is currently available for Android only:
March 6, 2013
Advocates gear up for annual after-school budget cuts battle
If Mayor Bloomberg's budget proposal goes through, the city would offer only 35 percent as many after school spots next year as it did in 2008.
June 4, 2012
Home providers say EarlyLearn overhaul leaves them in the dark
Hundreds of child care providers like Iraida Tkacheva are affected by the EarlyLearn initiative. On a cool Friday afternoon, 10 bright-eyed toddlers played outdoors, giggling and speaking Russian, before heading inside for a homemade lunch. During the week, they spend more time with Iraida Tkacheva, their child-care provider, than they do with their working parents. Tkacheva has transformed nearly every room in her Bensonhurst house to cater to the children's needs: an area with tables and chairs where the toddlers eat, a library full of children's books, a nap area surrounded by walls plastered with educational posters, and a backyard that accommodates toys for playtime with security gates and enclosed circuit cameras to ensure the children's safety at all times. Yet once the mayor’s ambitious overhaul of the city’s child-care system takes place on October 1, through a program called EarlyLearn, Tkacheva and hundreds of people who offer subsidized child-care in their homes are set to lose their jobs if funding falls through. EarlyLearn – one of Bloomberg's latest education reforms before he leaves office next year – sets out to increase the quality of publicly funded early childhood education while distributing child-care slots to the neediest neighborhoods. It is, according to some advocates, the biggest change to the city’s child-care services in 40 years. Criticism of EarlyLearn has focused on the fact that it reduces the overall number of early childhood seats. But another major change — about who the city is hiring to provide child care in private homes — has some child-care advocates concerned.
December 22, 2008
Daycare for teen parents may be in jeopardy next year
At a LYFE center at Urban Academy. Picture by ##http://flickr.com/photos/rreid/##Los Dragonnes## via Flickr. A report out today by the New York Civil Liberties Union says the Department of Education should bolster its daycare program for students with young children of their own. But because of budget cuts, the DOE could actually move in the opposite direction, cutting off young parents' access to free DOE-run daycare centers currently housed in 40 public schools across the city. The programs, called LYFE centers, have existed since 1982. Last year, after the city eliminated special schools just for pregnant and parenting teens, saying that the schools were academically weak, the LYFE centers became the centerpiece of the DOE's services for young parents. Now the centers could also be on the chopping block, a possibility that has one editor of the report worried. Without the LYFE centers, "the DOE would lack any real meaningful services for this very high-risk population," Galen Sherwin, director of NYCLU's Reproductive Rights Program, told me. "The outcome would be devastating." The LYFE centers have already taken a hit from the faltering economy.
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