RESOLUTION OPPOSING BUDGET CUTS TO AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
WHEREAS, The Mayor's FY13 Preliminary Budget puts 47,000 children at risk of losing their child care and after-school program; and,
WHEREAS, This is the 5th straight year of cuts to both child care and after-school, and the newest cuts in the FY 13 Preliminary Budget, combined with the current Early Learn NYC and Out-of-School Time RFP's, would mean that more than 90,000 children will be left without care since 2009; and,
WHEREAS, Both child care and after-school programs provide children with critical educational opportunities that pave the way for future success, and kids who attend these programs do better in school, are more likely to graduate, and have lower incidences of violence, drug-use and teen pregnancy;
WHEREAS, Child care and after-school programs allow working parents to keep their jobs, and without access to these programs, working parents will be forced to make potentially unsafe arrangements for their children in order to keep their jobs; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five endorses the Campaign for Children, a partnership of The Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care and the NYC Youth Alliance; and be it further
RESOLVED, Community Board Five calls on Mayor Bloomberg to take the steps necessary to support the child care and after-school systems in his Executive Budget by restoring funds to the Administration for Children's Services for child care as well as the Department of Youth and Community Development for after-school programs.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.