New Rochelle, NY — The Child Care Council of Westchester, The Westchester Children’s Associations and Community Voices Heard held a press conference Thursday evening outside the New Rochelle City Hall Chambers to call on the County Executive and the County Legislature to better meet the needs of children and youth in our communities by restoring and adding funds for child care, after school and youth programs, preceding the County Budget Meeting.
Specifically, organizers asked that the 2015 County Budget:
· Reduces the parent share from 27% to 15%
· Maintains the current level of Title XX child care funding and increases it by $1 mil
· Increases the Department of Social Services reimbursement rates paid to child care programs and providers serving subsidized children
· Restores the child care subsidy specialist to increase utilization of the child care subsidy by eligible parents
· Increases support of after school programs that keep kids safe, prevent juvenile crime, and extend learning beyond the school day
Speakers included Damon Jones – Blacks In Law Enforcement, Sabrina Delgardo – Director, New Rochelle Day Nursery, Eugenia Miller – Board Chair, New Rochelle Day Nursery, Nathalie McFarlane – Board Treasurer, New Rochelle Day Nursery, Felice Harris – Board Co-Vice President, Child Care Council of Westchester, Jasmine Dillard and Andrew Hudson – Community Voices Heard and John Savage, CEO of Westcop, Inc.
Among those who were in attendance for the County Budget Meeting were, Westchester Children’s Association’s Executive Director Cora Greenberg Deputy Director Allison Lake and Christian M. Philemon, Esq., Executive Director of The Youth Shelter Program Of Westchester, who brought youth from the shelter with him.