Having high-quality child care that is accessible and affordable for Western New Yorkers is important. We need it so local parents and guardians can go to work each day and our economy can continue to grow. It’s our job to be advocates for WNY children.
Did you know that in Erie County, over 100,000 children have parents that og to work or school every day? Hardworking moms & dads all over our county rely on quality, affordable, and accessible child care to be able to go to work and serve our community. Without child care and after-school programs, this wouldn't be possible.
These same parents that go to work every day play a big part in making WNY's economy strong. Did you know that for every $1 invested in early learning initiatives, roughly $8.60 is provided to society as a benefit?
Children who enter school with higher reading levels from early child care programs are less likely to enter the criminal justice system later on in life, saving taxpayers valuable money.
Intervention in early childhood education can reduce the risk for remedial education, reducing the risk of special education placements and remedial education. this lowers public school costs for all taxpayers.
Without the quality, affordable, accessible care reliable providers give children, families, and employers would struggle. National data suggests not having access to stable child care arrangements costs employers $3 Billion each year in lost productivity. 30-40% of parents in Upstate New York report that they call out of work, leave work early or come in late when faced with a child care crisis. Without advocates like you, the child care system will fail.
Current Advocacy Efforts
Register To Vote
Voting is a great way to help ensure that the local, state and federal legislators that represent you share your commitment to the families and children of our community. In order to vote you must be registered, it is a quick and painless process that will help ensure that your voice is heard.
In order to register to vote in Erie County you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States of America;
- Be an Erie County Resident
- Be 18 years of age or older on the date of the election (Pre-registration: You may submit a voter registration form during the calendar year in which you will turn 18 years of age for the purpose of pre-registering to vote. You will be able to vote after turning 18.)
- Not be currently incarcerated or serving an unpardoned period of parole for a felony (Please note on April 18, 2018, Governor Cuomo signed executive order 181 restoring the right to vote immediately following release for most New Yorkers who were incarcerated for a felony for more information please contact the Erie County Board of Elections)
- Provide your current valid New York State driver license number, identification card number, or the last four digits of your social security number. If you do not have a valid NYS drivers license, identification card, or social security number please check the box on the form which states "I do not have a NewYork DMV number or a Social Security Number"
Due to COVID-19 alternative measures have been put in place to allow as many people as possible to vote absentee for information on Absentee Voting please visit https://www.elections.erie.gov/Absentee
How Can You Become an Advocate?
Tell your story
As a parent, does having access to high-quality, affordable care allow you to support your family? As an employer, do your employees depend on quality care to come to work each day? Tell us how important it is. Did a lack of child care, or the overwhelming cost of it, cause you to lose your job? We want to know your story.
Contact your legislators
Do you think it’s infuriating that child care costs more than college in Erie County? So do we. Let your legislators know exactly how you feel, and why quality, affordable, accessible child care is so important.
Join Child Care Resource Network’s advocacy efforts
Interested in attending a meeting with your local Senator? Want to sign our campaign to make high-quality child care a basic right for all children? By working with CCRN as a local advocate, you’ll get to make a real difference in our community. Sign up for advocacy announcements here, and be the first one to know how you can help to make a difference.