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Highlights from the Proposed Rochester City Budget 2024-2025

The Children’s Agenda has reviewed the City of Rochester’s proposed 2024-2025 budget to make recommendations on the best use of City funds to support children locally. We applaud the efforts of the Mayor and City Council to uplift children in a myriad of ways, and many more dollars impact children in this budget than we will mention here. At the same time, based on our understanding of children’s needs, including our polling of parents and input from our VIP (Very Invested Parents) parent leaders, we want to sharpen the City’s focus so there is potential for the greatest impact.

Family Voices: Monroe County Parent Poll

The balance between caring for children and work is a crisis or major problem for 7 out of 10 Monroe County families and 5 out of 10 parents say their stress is high as a result of the pandemic. The stress parents are experiencing has three branches: affording and accessing resources, pandemic disruptions in schools, and mental health impacts of the pandemic.

2021-2022 Report TCA Review of City of Rochester’s Budget

The City of Rochester’s Proposed Budget for 2021-22 directs expenditures to support our community’s recovery from 16 months of health, economic, and social crises. While pandemic restrictions are slowly being lifted and many Rochester residents are returning to some sense of normalcy, the healing from losses experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic has just begun. Children are the center of our concern.

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2021-2022 Report TCA Review of City of Rochester’s Budget – Executive Summary

The City of Rochester’s Proposed Budget for 2021-22 directs expenditures to support our community’s recovery from 16 months of health, economic, and social crises. While pandemic restrictions are slowly being lifted and many Rochester residents are returning to some sense of normalcy, the healing from losses experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic has just begun. Children are the center of our concern.

Recommendations for use of American Rescue Plan Funds

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a $1.9 billion stimulus plan designed to accelerate our nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains a number of measures to provide direct relief to families, e.g. $1,400 stimulus checks to households, extended unemployment benefits and emergency housing assistance, and $5 billion for federal food aid. The pandemic recovery is addressed with $160 billion for vaccine distribution, supplies, emergency response, testing and the public health workforce.

A significant portion of ARPA funds are directed to children and families through provisions that include changes to federal tax credits and increased resources for child care, PreK-12 education, and closing the digital divide.

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