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Among unemployed New York City residents, 58% experienced difficulty affording food throughout 2009.(Food Bank for New York City)

Henry Street Settlement

Manhattan

Founded in 1893 by social work and public health pioneer Lillian Wald, Henry Street Settlement delivers a wide range of social service and arts programs to more than 50,000 New Yorkers each year from 17 program sites on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

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 themselves!

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.

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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?

"I won’t be able to keep my job and then I won’t be able to take care of my children. Then I’d be forced to get on public assistance which is no good for me because I have a college education….I mean, at this point right now I’m under-employed but I’d rather be under-employed than be on public assistance."

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