Public Policy and Action Center

Learn about child care issues and begin to take action!

Here you'll find information relating to public policy - laws, regulatory measures, courses of action, and funding priorities - concerning child care that have recently been, or are proposed to be, put into effect and how YOU can take action.

Take Action

If you can write a letter, send an email, attend a meeting or leave a phone message, you can advocate for child care.

Contact Your Elected Officials

Take a minute to let your elected officials know that you look forward to working with them this year to pass meaningful child care legislation that will improve the quality of child care services in your community.

Write A Letter To The Editor

Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in an effort to raise awareness of child care issues within your community.

Attend Public Meetings

Town Board, Legislature, etc. meetings are an excellent way to educate our local elected officials about the need to improve the quality and availability of child care services within our communities. Contact the office(s) of your local elected officials to get the dates and times of upcoming meetings.

NACCRRA's Action Network

The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral (NACCRRA) distributes an e-newsletter each week that Congress is in session with the most up-to-date information relevent to child care and early childhood development. Click here to join NACCRRA's Action Network and stay informed!

Messages and Agendas

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)

Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC)

Winning Beginning NY

Advocacy Groups

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)

NACCRRA is the nation's leading voice for child care. Working with more than 700 Child Care Resource and Referral agenices nationwide, NACCRRAA leads projects that are aimed to improve the quality and availability of child care, undertakes research, and advocates for child care policies that make a positive impact on the lives of children and families. Click here to visit NACCRRA's website.

Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC)

Sign up to receive news, information and monthly articles of interest from ECLC. This is an excellent resource focused on the needs of anyone raising and/or caring for young children. ECLC also offers an easy-to-use tool that immediately connects you with lawmakers, allowing you to express your support of or opposition to budgets, legislation and/or policies through their Parent Central News and Action Center

Winning Beginning NY (WBNY)

This statewide coalition, with more than 60 member organizations, works to ensure access to child care, pre-kindergarten, afterschool and home visiting programs for all families residing in New York State. Join the WBNY e-advocacy list-serve and begin to take action by contacting State elected officials about issues concerning young children and their families.

In The News

Funding To Be Offered To Help Low-Income Parents Move Back Into Workforce

New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the New York State Office of Children & Family Temporary & Disability Assistance (January 10, 2012) - The State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced New York has received $16.5 million in federal funding to help low-income parents pay for child care, allowing them to improve their skills and successfully enter the workforce. Read more...

New York Not A Winner In Federal Early Learning Grant Program

Politics on the Hudson (December 16, 2011) Authored By Cara Matthews - New York was not one of nine states named today as winners of Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grants from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. Read more...

Aid For Child Care Drops When It Is Needed Most

The New York Times (December 13, 2011) Authored By Sabrina Tavernise - With states under pressure to cut their budgets and federal stimulus money gone, low-income working parents are facing a paradox. Just when they have to work longer hours to make ends meet, they are losing access to the thing they need most to stay on the job: a government subsidy that helps pay for child care. Read more...

New Child Care Services Regulations

Child Care Services regulations promote the fiscal integrity of the Child Care Subsidy program by establishing a clear regulatory basis for holding child care providers accountable for committing fraud. Read the regulations