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Legislation Would Expand Free and Low Cost Daycare To More New Yorkers

Legislation Would Expand Free and Low Cost Daycare To More New Yorkers
Legislation Would Expand Free and Low Cost Daycare To More New Yorkers

The de Blasio Administration is pushing legislation in Albany that would expand free and low cost childcare to 15 thousand more children in New York City.

One bill would raise the income threshold to 70 thousand dollars for a family of four to qualify for subsidized childcare. Executive Director of Citizens’ Committee for Children, Jennifer March says affordable early care is key to the city’s economic recovery.

“We know that 24 percent of working age women in the New York metro area cite caring for children as the primary reason they are not working during the pandemic.”

Another bill being considered in Albany would provide full time childcare benefits for eligible families who work part time. Currently qualified families only receive childcare for the hours they work.