This report examines how New York can consolidate existing tax credits and exemptions into the Working Families Tax Credit to significantly reduce child poverty and make New York a more affordable place to raise children.
Children need bolder action in the New York State budget that changes systems in ways that are effective and equitable.
New York must ensure infants and toddlers receive the life-changing Early Intervention services they are entitled to in a timely manner.
Children in New York need bold legislative action to make the systems that serve them effective and equitable.
New York must support high quality pre-kindergarten education by ensuring state funding keeps up with inflation and rising costs.
Housing instability and child poverty are problems we can fix, if we can summon the political will to do so. New York State should identify housing stability as a top priority so every child has a consistent place to call home.
The proposed City budget includes a number of new and existing investments that will help build a better future for Rochester’s young residents. We also urge the Mayor and City Council to take further steps to make even more progress.
The Children’s Agenda welcomes the strides made in this year’s budget, but our optimism is tempered by misplaced priorities for which children will bear the consequences.
The Children’s Agenda commends the City for investing more in youth-serving staff. We additionally have six recommendations to further meet the social, emotional and developmental needs of youth.
The Children’s Agenda offers this summary of provisions for children that were included in the New York state budget enacted in April 2022.