Approximately 150,000 New York children ages 0 – 5 years are eligible for Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education because of identified developmental delays or disabilities. Services are funded by state and county funds and administered by county governments.
New York, like the nation, is facing a crisis in child care. From affordability to access to workforce shortages, too many families are struggling to find affordable, quality care. Similarly, too many child care providers are faced with low wages. The system is unsustainable.
Child care is not only about having people available to help care for children while their families work. It is also about providing nurturing environments where children learn through play.
Families of color who have young children are more likely to struggle with challenges related to poverty, including low family income, barriers to healthy and secure housing, access to transportation, and chronic and extreme stress. While services can help in the short-term, in the long-term we need to build equitable communities.
The Children’s Agenda advocates for effective policies and drives evidenced-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.