• How has the quality of care affected your child care options?
  • How has the quality of child care impacted your child(ren)’s social, emotional, physical or cognitive development?

Cost of care

  • How has the cost of care influenced your ability to find child care?
  • How do child care subsidies support your family?

Availability/Flexibility of care

  • How has the availability of care in your area affected your work or home life? Are there wait lists or insufficient supply in your area?
  • How has the flexibility or lack of in your of child care options affected your work or home life?

“I had to turn down a job offer due to lack of available and affordable child care.”
Parent in Monroe county

“My husband is not working because childcare is more than his paycheck”
Parent in Westchester county

“I cannot find a job locally that will even pay for child care.”
Parent in Tompkins county

We use your testimonials when we visit lawmakers in Albany to advocate for better early education policies. They help us illustrate the difficulties that families in New York go through, or the positive effects that a high quality early learning experience has had on their child. We can use your experiences to explain the problems families face every day in New York, and the successes that have come from utilizing the Child Care Resource & Referral network. Read more about our advocacy efforts here: Advocacy at ECLC.



We want to hear from you!

We need to let lawmakers know that child care is important to the health and success of New York families. Sharing testimonials with lawmakers about the importance of child care is the best way for us to make the case that early childhood education is critical in New York. 

Take 5 minutes to share a few words about your experience in New York, and help us let lawmakers know that child care needs to be made a priority in Albany! Finding affordable and high quality child care is a problem that affects families from all income levels, family size, and backgrounds.

What other families have said...

Where do these stories go?

“Due to the high cost of quality child care, I've had to quit my job to stay home with my children. We went from being able to afford our bills to needing public assistance to make ends meet because we cannot afford to pay for child care."
Parent in Broome county

*Official Contest Rules:

Eligibility: This campaign is open only to those who submit a story though the Early Care & Learning Council’s form and who are 18 years of age or older as of April 1, 2017.  The campaign is only open to legal residents of New York. Employees of the Early Care & Learning Council are not eligible to win. The story must be submitted between April 1 and April 30 by 12 PM EST. The contestants’ name and email address must be attached to the submission. All eligible submissions will be entered into a random drawing pool and chosen in May. 

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