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Most New Yorkers back free or low-cost child care even if it means they have to pay more taxes

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Yorkers overwhelmingly support expanded free child care options, even if doing so entails a tax hike, according to a survey commissioned by a child advocacy organization.

The poll found that 64% of 800 general election voters surveyed broadly support expanding access to reduced-price child care, after-school activities and summer programming for children in tandem with a tax hike to foot the bill.

Global Strategy Group, a public relations firm, conducted the poll for the Citizens' Committee for Children of New York.

“People believe the expansion of these services is an important piece of strengthening the education system and really giving kids the best chance at success,” said Jennifer March, executive director of the child advocacy group.

The survey also found 76% of respondents worry about the cost of raising a family in the city.

Many New Yorkers are thinking about saying goodbye to the Big Apple in part because of high child care costs, according to the poll.

All told, 44% of the people queried said they worry about being able to afford to raise kids in New York City.

“As a parent, I can understand why so many New Yorkers are concerned about the rising costs for these services and are calling on the city to invest more in early childhood education,” said Czarinna Andres, whose 4-year-old son attends a pre-school in Sunnyside, Queens.

The poll comes as the de Blasio administration last month announced plans to extend the mayor's key Pre-K for All program to city 3-year-olds.

The plan requires over $700 million to fully fund.

“Early care programs improve performance in schools,” said Susan Stamler, executive director of Neighborhood Houses. “New Yorkers want these additional investments … even if it means raising their owns taxes to do so.”

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