Assembly Child Care Workgroup Passes Legislative Package

Legislation increases investment in child care, increases funding for child care subsidies

Albany, NY – Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D,I,WF – Forestburgh), Chair of the Assembly Mental Hygiene Committee, today stood with her colleagues on the Assembly Child Care Workgroup to pass an extensive package of legislation to strengthen access to quality, affordable child care. Measures include increasing funding for and enhancing access to child care subsidies, establishing paid family leave, and providing greater opportunities for training of child care providers.

The measure in the package sponsored by Assemblywoman Gunther would establish a task force to review administrative and regulatory requirements of all state agencies governing child care programs with the goal of eliminating duplicative processes and streamlining requirements (A.8924).

“Providing the resources to properly train and prepare providers to care for and nurture our children is fundamental to improving the child care system in New York,” said Assemblywoman Gunther. “Improved training programs, bolstering credentialing services, and providing higher education opportunities, coupled with reducing onerous regulatory requirements on child care providers ensures that the focus is on enriching the lives and learning experiences of our children and helping them to thrive.”