The share of youth aged 16-24 employed during the summer month of July in 2010 was 48.9%, the lowest rate for a summer month since 1948. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)

Bronx

The Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) works in the South Bronx to restore pride of place, empower residents, and make neighborhoods livable and healthy. They build energy efficient and affordable homes; provide early childhood education and family support; promote youth development; and catalyze business development among local merchants and individual entrepreneurs. WHEDco offers affordable housing to low-income individuals and families, including the formerly homeless, and provides an array of services to the community from two Bronx-locations: Morrisania and Crotona Park East.

Campaign for Children

Emergency Coalition to Save Childcare

Campaign for Children (C4C) was formed in March 2012 as a partnership between the Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care and the NYC Youth Alliance to fight against former Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to implement devastating cuts to both early childhood education and after-school programs in his FY 2013 budget. After victories in defeating proposed cuts, UNH and the Campaign for Children embarked on an intensive campaign to ensure that every child in New York City has access to high-quality, stable early childhood education and after-school. 

During the Mayor’s race in late 2013, UNH with Campaign for Children held events in neighborhoods throughout the City and conducted a non-partisan Mayoral forum to elevate the importance of early childhood education and after school issues. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, then a candidate for Mayor, made expanded Pre-Kindergarten and middle school after school programs the centerpiece of his platform. After the new Administration took office, UNH worked tirelessly to gain funding for Pre-K and after school programs from the State. Young people from after school programs and parents of children in child care centers participated in local rallies and an Albany lobby day, with over 1,200 New Yorkers taking the New York State Capitol by storm. Through actions like these, UNH played a large role in the successful expansion of Pre-Kindergarten and middle school after-school programs.

Since then, UNH has been working to ensure this expansion is successfully implemented to support the provision of quality services to our city’s children and working to continue expanding and improving early childhood education and after-school. UNH members are important part of the expansion. With Campaign for Children, UNH has helped to publicize the goals and the successful start of the Pre-Kindergarten initiative to ensure continued public support for investment in early childhood education. UNH is proud to have played a leading role in Campaign for Children’s efforts to secure funding for these key programs, and will continue to advocate for more funding in the future so that every New York City child can have access to quality early learning and after school opportunities, and their parents can work knowing their children are in safe learning environments that support success.

Past Success

2012: Mayor Bloomberg's preliminary budget, coupled with changes from the EarlyLearn NYC and Out-of-school Time (OST) RFPs, would have cut 14,900 child care slots and after-school capacity would have been slashed by 50%. These cuts, in addition to previous years of budget cuts, would have resulted in 90,000 fewer children having access to child care and after-school programs than in 2009. In response to strong public support for child care and after school and the focused work of the Campaign for Children, the final City budget agreement in June 2012 restored nearly $100 million of cuts to child care and $50 million to after school programming for one year.

2013: With the cuts from 2012 only restored for one year, UNH and Campaign for Children advocated for stable funding for New York City's early childhood education and after-school systems. Through a large scale grassroots effort, UNH and Campaign for Children educated candidates for city office - from Mayor to City Council - about the importance of early childhood education and after-school. The Campaign collected nearly 60,000 signed letters and petitions and held countless rallies on City Hall steps, with enormous participation from service providers, advocacy organizations, and elected officials. The final budget action fo Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration baselined more than $150 million for early childhood education and after-school programs providing needed stability for those systems.

2014: C4C continued to advocate for children's services as NYC welcomed a new Mayoral administration. In response to New York City's Fiscal Year 2015 final budget, C4C stated:

"We applaud Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, and the entire City Council for a budget that not only protects children’s services, but dramatically expands them, with a historic level of funding to create universal pre-kindergarten for all four-year-olds and after-school programs for all middle school students. There is no greater investment we can make in our children and the future of our city. We look forward to continued work with the Mayor and the City Council on these crucial expansions, as well as working to achieve salary parity for early childhood educators. Equitable salaries for early childhood educators are essential for stabilizing many high quality community based early childhood programs We urge the City to make further moves to address this issue before the rollout of Universal Pre-Kindergarten in September."

Campaign for Children Partners

82nd Street Academics, Advocates for Children of New York, Alianza Dominicana, Alliance for Quality Education, Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA, Belmont Community Day Care Center, Bronx YMCA, BronxWorks, Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled, Brooklyn Community Services, Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, CAMBA, Campaign for Summer Jobs, Campaign for Tomorrow’s Workforce, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, Center Against Domestic Violence, Center for Children’s Initiatives, Center for Family Life/SCO, Center for Youth Violence Prevention at Columbia University, Child Center for New York, Children’s Aid Society, Children’s Defense Fund-NY, Chinatown YMCA, Chinese-American Planning Council, Citizen Action of NY, Citizens’ Committee for Children, Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families, COFCCA (Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies), Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Cooper Square Committee, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Cross Island YMCA, Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Day Care Council of New York, Dodge YMCA, East Calvary Day Care Center, East Side House Settlement, ECE Policyworks, Economic Justice and Social Welfare Network Child Care Committee, Educational Alliance, Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care, Episcopal Social Services, Family Dynamics/ SCO, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Flatbush Action Community Day Care Center, Inc., Flatbush Development Corporation, Flatbush YMCA, Flushing YMCA, Fort Washington Collegiate Church, Friends of the Children of NY, Global Kids, Goddard Riverside Community Center, Good Shepherd Services, Graham Windham, Grand Street Settlement, Greenpoint YMCA, HANAC Youth Services, Harlem RBI, Harlem YMCA, Hartley House, Head Start Sponsoring Boards Council, Hebrew Educational Society, Helen Owen Carey Day Care Center, Henry Street Settlement, Hudson Guild, Human Services Council, Imani House, Inwood Community Services, Italian American Civil Rights League, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House, Jamaica YMCA, Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services (JBCFS), Jewish Child Care Association, Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, Lawyers for Children, Leake and Watts Services, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Long Island City YMCA, LSA Family Health Service, Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, Manhattan Youth, MARC Academy and Family Center, Inc., Maspeth Town Hall, McBurney YMCA, Middle Collegiate Church, Midwood Development Corp., Nasry Michelen Day Care Center, National Council of Jewish Women, Neighborhood Family Services Coalition, Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corp, New Settlement Apartments, New York City Youth Alliance, New York Immigration Coalition, New York Junior Tennis League, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, New York Zero-to-Three Network, North Brooklyn Child Care Coalition, North Brooklyn YMCA, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, NYC Mission Society, NYU School of Law Family Defense Clinic, Operation Exodus Inner City, Inc., Partnership for After-School Education (PASE), Phipps Community Development Corporation, Police Athletic League, Inc, Professional Association of Day Care Directors of New York, Prospect Park YMCA, Queens Community House, Resilience Advocacy Project, Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc., Ridgewood YMCA, Riverdale Neighborhood House, Riverdale YM-YWHA, Rockaway Artists Alliance, Inc., Safe Space, SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action), SCAN- New York, SCO Family of Services, Shorefront YM- YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beachm Sinergia, Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Centers, Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation, St John’s Place Family Center HDFC, St. Nick’s Alliance, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc., Staten Island Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (SICCAN), Staten Island YMCA, Sunnyside Community Services, Suspension Representation Project, The After-School Corporation, The Center for Independence of the Disabled — NY, The Children’s Law Center, The Door, Union Settlement Association, United Activities Unlimited, United Community Centers, United Neighborhood Houses, University Settlement Society, Vanderbilt YMCA, VISIONS / Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, West Side YMCA, WHEDco (Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation), YMCA of Greater NY, Youth Development Institute