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Low adult literacy can lead to negative health-related consequences, such as poor ability to make informed decisions about health issues, respond to emergency preparedness messages, and understand environmental health risks. (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)
Founded in 1886, University Settlement Society is one of New York's most dynamic social service institutions with deep roots on the Lower East Side. Each year University Settlement's diverse programs help over 25,000 low-income and at-risk people build better lives for themselves and their families.
Saving Child Care for 16,000 Children
The Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care was formed in February 2011.
As a leader of the Coalition, UNH mobilized the collective strength of
UNH member agencies including parents, executive directors, child care
directors, teachers, family child care providers, board members, family
workers, communications and development staff, cooks and pre-schoolers
In response to strong public support for child care and the work of The Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care, the final budget agreement for FY 2011-12 restored $82 million. This funding, half of which is already at-risk in next year's budget saves much, but not all, of the early childhood capacity that was at risk in this budget as well as provide services for many school aged children.
UNH is proud to have led the efforts to restore child care for working families.
UNH will continue to advocate for more funding in the future so that every New York City child can have access to critical early learning opportunities and their parents can keep their jobs.
See video from Keisha, a single mother working at Petco. She pays a weekly fee for child care at her neighborhood community center that is affordable because it is partially subsidized by City government dollars. Government budget cuts threatened to eliminate the funding that makes this program possible. What would Keisha have done without child care?
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