Child Care - What Women Want

Westchester Women coming together to speak up on child care, economic opportunities and a stronger community!

Child care is often the biggest household bill after the rent or mortgage.   With a year of full-time child care for a 4 year old averaging over $14,000 annually in Westchester, most families struggle to find care that is both affordable and meets the emotional and educational needs of their children.   Most parents are left to their own devices to pay for child care, in contrast to college, which often provides financial assistance even to moderate income families. 

While Westchester County has many amazing child care and after school options for parents, there are also programs that will not necessarily prepare young children for educational success.   And then there are illegal child care businesses that do not comply with NY's regulatory requirements.   Parents need more help in navigating our confusing "child care market". 

NY is actually behind most states in the nation when it comes to the scope of early learning systems and services.   Nearly 30 states have already implemented  quality rating improvement systems, giving parents comprehensive and clear
indicators of quality to guide their child care and early learning choices.  NY’s
version, QUALITYstarsNY, is not yet fully rolled out, held back by insufficient state funding.

Westchester women need affordable child care choices that will not only allow them to work, but provide reliable care and rich learning for their children.   If you have something to say about child care, come to the first ever Westchester Women’s Summit on Saturday, March 2nd at the Yonkers Riverfront Library.   Organized by the Westchester Women's Agenda, the Summit will bring together hundreds of women from across the county sharing their concerns, their needs and their aspirations - about jobs, health care, legal services, children's services and more.  The free event runs from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm; registration is required.

For more information or to register, go to westwomenssummit.eventbrite.com.

For more info on child care, contact the Child Care Council of Westchester at (914) 761-3456 or visit our website www.ChildCareWestchester.org.

Kathy Halas, Executive Director, Child Care Council of Westchester and member of the Board, Westchester Women's Agenda.





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Bjorn Olsson March 03, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Gruber, I don't have a problem understanding your standpoint and it makes sense that the comparisons are irrelevant to you. I agree that parents are responsible for their own children, but it also benefits all of us to do everything we can to support parents and children, in many ways just as much as military spending.
Bjorn Olsson March 03, 2013 at 04:06 PM
First of all: people of all classes will continue to have babies, affluent people, poor people, smart people and stupid people. In the end, it will benefit all of us if we do what we can to make sure these kids get what they need to flourish and overcome a challenging childhood. It takes a village, as they say, and simply sneer that the parents should have been more responsible really won't make a difference.
Curious March 03, 2013 at 09:57 PM
If our government stopped subsidising illegal aliens & their children with our tax dollars, there would be plenty of money to help pay for childcare for those who need it.
John Gruber March 04, 2013 at 04:28 PM
"First of all: people of all classes will continue to have babies, affluent people, poor people, smart people and stupid people" So why should the people who are irresponsible and flat out stupid get my money when I made many of the same decisions they COULD have and raised my kids with out making someone else pay for it. Children should not be brought into this world with the assumption that someone else will pay for it. It's not right to "tax" the responsible ones who A) waited to raised their children til they could afford to and now have to pay a tax so others DON'T B) raised their children without the assistance of the government and now are expected to pay for someone else C) CHOSE NOT to have kids because of the high costs and now have to incur additional ones because other people aren't intelligent or feel entitled Just because I'm responsible and make good choices shouldn't mean I now have to pay more. Saying "people will always be responsible" is not a justification for making me pay for them. There's contraceptives, planned parenthood etc. The only time it takes a village is if the kid belongs to the village idiot.
John Gruber March 04, 2013 at 04:37 PM
"I agree that parents are responsible for their own children, but it also benefits all of us to do everything we can to support parents and children, in many ways just as much as military spending." It only benefits the people who can't afford to support themselves, I get NO benefit from paying to raise SOMEONE ELSE'S child. There are enough people who CAN afford to support themselves that there is no need for these people who can't afford kids to keep having them. Period. I'm not sure how you think forcing society to pay for a tax that mostly only the irresponsible will benefit from helps all of us. your taxing parents that ALREADY paid their OWN money to raise their kids or can't afford their own at all to raise YOUR kid. In no logical way can you compare military spending to giving irresponsible parents money for having something they can't afford. Military spending defends HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS os US citizens. National security isn't at risk because I don't want to pay for people to have something they have no business having.


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