What We Do
In 2009, 15.5 million children in American - more than 1 in 5 - were poor. (Children's Defense Fund)
Founded in 1942, Mosholu Montefiore Community Center provides services and activities for over 20,000 individuals each year at sites located in its main building on Gun Hill Road, in 12 public schools, at the Marble Hill Houses and at its branch in Co-op City.
Campaign for Children
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.
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."