January 22, 2003
NYC Administration For Children’s Services Helps 60 Group And Family Daycare Providers To Expand Programs To Serve More Children
New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Commissioner William C. Bell today announced that 60 childcare agencies throughout the five boroughs will expand their programs in 2003 so that 3,000 additional openings will be available to parents for enrolling children in City-subsidized childcare programs. ACS began contract negotiations in September 2001 with agencies that responded to ACS’s push for expansion that began in fiscal year 2001, and allocated funds based on the childcare needs of communities throughout the city.
“ACS is committed to ensuring the availability of quality full-day child care in group centers and family homes to support New York City children and families,” said Commissioner Bell. “By providing funding to help our partners expand their daycare programs, we are reinforcing this commitment. Our programs support a wide range of family incomes from individuals receiving or transitioning off TANF to working families earning up to 275 percent of the poverty level.”
Thirty-seven of the agencies are currently ready to serve an expanded enrollment, making available a total of 1,772 additional openings today. Twenty-three childcare agencies are currently working to complete contracts with ACS so that another 1,228 childcare slots will be available later this year. In total, approximately 1,809 of the slots will be in center-based childcare programs, and approximately 1,191 will be in family childcare programs.
The need-based funding was awarded to contracted childcare agencies to create, by December 2003, a total of: 1,281 slots in the Bronx; 980 slots in Brooklyn; 503 slots in Manhattan; 216 slots in Queens; and 20 in Staten Island. With these new slots, the City now has the capacity to serve 47,388 children through contracted day care. For families to be eligible for subsidized childcare, they must meet certain criteria including income level and reason for needing care. For information on enrolling a child in City-subsidized childcare, parents can call (718) FOR-KIDS.
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services protects and ensures the safety and well being of New York City’s children and strengthens families. Formed in 1996, the agency oversees the City’s programs of child protection, foster care, preventive services, adoption, child support enforcement, childcare and Head Start.