Child/Youth Advocacy

CHILD CARE AVAILABILITY TASK FORCE LEGISLATION

Today, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 statewide Call-In Day to urge passage of legislation to establish a child care task force — a critical step toward the goal of ensuring access to quality, affordable child care for all New York children and families.

Please call the following state leaders:

Assembly Leader Carl Heastie at (518) 455 3791 Your message: “I am calling to urge Assembly Speaker Heastie to bring the Child Care Availability Task Force bill — A.7726 — to the floor and pass this legislation before the end of session.”

Senate President Flanagan at (518) 455 2071. Your message: ” I am calling to urge Senate President Flanagan to bring the Child Care Availability Task Force bill — S.5929 — to the floor and pass this legislation before the end of session.”

Why do we need a Child Care Task Force bill passed?

Too many New York families cannot afford to pay for quality care. Meanwhile, the qualified people who want to provide that care are leaving for better paying jobs, and each year more child care providers drop out of the system. And this year’s state budget actually cut funds to help families afford this care!

The lack of available, affordable child care is impacting our businesses, our schools, our families and our children. We need to develop real, long-term solutions to this severe shortage and urge our lawmakers to make investments in the state’s child care system a top priority. A child care task force is an important first step toward solving the state’s severe shortage of quality, affordable care.

We have been told by some state leaders that they are not feeling any public pressure to make expanding access to quality child care a priority. We have one week left to show that we care! Please make these calls, ask your friends and family members to call too!

 

TOMORROW, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 statewide Call-In Day to urge passage of legislation to establish a child care task force — a critical step toward the goal of ensuring access to quality, affordable child care for all New York children and families.

Please call the following state leaders:

Assembly Leader Carl Heastie at (518) 455 3791 Your message: “I am calling to urge Assembly Speaker Heastie to bring the Child Care Availability Task Force bill — A.7726 — to the floor and pass this legislation before the end of session.”

Senate President Flanagan at (518) 455 2071. Your message: ” I am calling to urge Senate President Flanagan to bring the Child Care Availability Task Force bill — S.5929 — to the floor and pass this legislation before the end of session.”

Why do we need a Child Care Task Force bill passed?

Too many New York families cannot afford to pay for quality care. Meanwhile, the qualified people who want to provide that care are leaving for better paying jobs, and each year more child care providers drop out of the system. And this year’s state budget actually cut funds to help families afford this care!

The lack of available, affordable child care is impacting our businesses, our schools, our families and our children. We need to develop real, long-term solutions to this severe shortage and urge our lawmakers to make investments in the state’s child care system a top priority. A child care task force is an important first step toward solving the state’s severe shortage of quality, affordable care.

We have been told by some state leaders that they are not feeling any public pressure to make expanding access to quality child care a priority. We have one week left to show that we care! Please make these calls, ask your friends and family members to call too!

Act Now To Help Combat Human Trafficking

An invitation to take immediate action from our partners at the Episcopal Public Policy Network –

Join in the fight against modern-day slavery today by asking your state representatives in the New York State Senate and Assembly to support groundbreaking and crucial legislation on human trafficking. The New York Senate and Assembly have introduced legislation (S.5955/A.06834) to lessen the prevalence of human trafficking in hotels and put systems in place to identify and protect victims.

This legislation would require hotels to train their employees to identify potential trafficking situations and report suspected cases. It would also bring awareness to the public and possible victims by requiring hotels to post a notice in the lobby about what human trafficking is and how to obtain help by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline (888-373-7888).

According to data collected through the National Human Trafficking Hotline, New York is one of the 5 top states for human trafficking. New Yorkers most likely to encounter a victim include employees of hotels, which are primary venues for sex trafficking of adults and children. Act now to help our state fight human trafficking!

Tell your state representatives to vote YES on S 5955/A 06834! Please click on the links to call or write a letter for more information.

Call or Write a Letter!

It would also be helpful to call the Speaker of the NYS Assembly, Carl Heastie.  518-455-3791

“I am calling today to ask for the Speaker’s support for bill A.06834, which is currently under review by the Committee on Economic Development.  This bill would require hotels to train their employees on the signs of human trafficking and to post the National Human Trafficking Hotline telephone number.  Please encourage Assembly Member Robin Schimminger to let the bill pass through Committee so that it may come before the Assembly for a vote.”