“The state and city are failing NYC parents, child care providers, and our city’s economic recovery. Hundreds of child care centers in NYC are stranded in uncertainty, with no guidance from the city about when and how they will be able to reopen. Now, not only are they being kept in the dark, but they are also at risk of being shut out of millions of dollars in federal funding that the State is finally releasing to help child care centers stay afloat. 

“There is simply no way that our city can successfully rebuild our economy without affordable child care for working parents. Yet weeks into our reopening process, with hundreds of thousands of people heading back to work, most child care centers in NYC remain closed. Poor communication and a lack of guidance have left childcare providers and parents scrambling, even as millions of dollars in federal funds earmarked for child care sit idle. Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced the release of some of these funds, but child care providers in NYC, the vast majority small businesses owned by women, many women of color, have little information or guidance about whether they will be able to access funds and when they can reopen.

“This is unacceptable. We cannot send families back to work without adequate child care. The city is not truly open until child care centers reopen. We are asking the City to respond to our June 10 letter by Friday, June 26, with a timeline and a plan for safely reopening child care centers and day camps. NYC parents and child care providers need information now so that they can make decisions about getting back to work, keeping their businesses open, and taking care of our children.”

 Background: 

June 2, 2020 letter from Councilmembers Lander, Rose and 20 colleagues calling on the Governor to release $134 million in federal funding for child care centers. 
June 10, 2020 letter from Councilmembers Lander and Rose asking DOHMH to issue reopening guidance to NYC child care providers. 
June 23, 2020 statement from Governor Cuomo regarding CARES Act funds earmarked for childcare.