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Advocacy Update Spring 2017

March 20, 2017
Child holding a sign with a message to Assemblymember Wallace

This past advocacy season has been a busy one! With the state budget still not set, Child Care Resource Network has been working locally as well as on a state-wide scale to ensure that child care funding is at the front of all legislators minds.

  • In November 2016, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon wrote a resolution to Governor Cuomo urging him to put child care funding in his budget for the upcoming year.
  • In November 2016, the Buffalo Common Council wrote a resolution to Governor Cuomo in support of Child Care Resource Network, urging him to put child care funding in his budget for the upcoming year.
  • During Winning Beginning NY’s advocacy day in Albany, CCRN staff traveled to the state’s capital and met with five local Assembly members and Senators to let them know how important it is to fund child care and include it in their budget for the upcoming year.
  • In February 2017, a letter was circulated in the NYS Assembly highlighting the critical need for our state to fund child care. Locally, two Assembly Members signed on: Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger. • In February 2017, a letter was circulated in the NYS Senate highlighting the critical need for our state to fund child care. Locally, one Senator signed on: Senator Patrick Gallivan.
  • CCRN is actively recruiting families and child care providers to be advocates in the community.