Public Policy

Delaware Opportunities has adopted a public policy agenda promoting quality, affordable child care that results in education and healthy development of children and supports strong families and communities.

We believe that:

Every family should have access to high quality child care because

  • Research shows that 90% of a child’s critical brain development happens by age 5
  • Children spend an average of 36 hours per week in child care
  • High quality child care helps children prepare for school and sets the foundation for positive relationships and a lifetime of learning; and

Every family in Delaware County should have access to affordable child care

  • The average cost of full time care for a child under two is $8320 a year
  • The average cost of full time care for a child 3-5 is $7940 a year
  • Child care subsidies are only available to those with very limited income
  • Increased funding is needed to help working families afford child care

Delaware Opportunities, through its Child Care Resource and Referral program (CCR&R) is dedicated to helping:

  • families find quality, affordable child care;
  • child care providers offer such care; and
  • the community to develop, support and foster quality, affordable child care

We will do this by:

  • Providing information and resources to child care businesses, community, families, and caregivers
  • Expanding the supply of care by recruiting and training new providers
  • Offering providers training, technical assistance, publicity, and other supports designed to help them stay in the field, run successful operations, and build their expertise
  • Helping families identify quality child care programs
  • Advocating for local funding for child care subsidies

Delaware Opportunities is a member of the Early Care and Learning Council, Child Care Aware of America, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  We support the messages of these national and state leaders in early care and education advocacy efforts.

To learn more about child care issues, find facts about child care in Delaware County and New York State, or to join advocacy campaigns to strengthen the quality of child care visit the agency website at www.delawareopportunities.org or contact a day care specialist Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 607-746-1620 locally or toll free at 1-877-746-2279; or by email at daycare@delawareopportunities.org.

Events:

 

Press Releases:

  • April 13, 2016: Delaware Opportunities Inc. Child Care Resource & Referral program's mission is to provide high quality, affordable child care within Delaware County.
  • April 4, 2016: Freedom of Movement Lunch and Learn Event
  • April 1, 2016: Quality Child Care
  • January 25 2016: Delaware Opportunities Inc. Child Care Resource & Referral program is working with The Early Care and Learning Council's outreach campaign to ensure that low and moderate income families are aware of and claim available federal and state income tax credits.
  • September 2, 2015: For Our Babies New York Lunch and Learn Event

 Letters to the Editor:

July 10, 2015: The Delaware Opportunities Board of Directors has adopted a public policy agenda which promotes quality, affordable child care that results in education and healthy development of children and supports strong famlies and communities. July 22, 2015: The Mountain Eagle

May 1, 2015: Provider Appreciation Day is May 8, 2015.  The Delaware Opportunities Inc. Child Care Resource and Referral and our other programs take this opportunity to thank all of those who work with our children and are responsible for their education and care.

April 8, 2015: The Week of the Young Child is April 12 to April 18. Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children's earliest years in shaping their learning and development.  Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. April 8, 2015: The  Reporter

In the News

  •  April 8, 2015: Week of the Young Child, Art Display, Head Start's Early Childhood Celebration (Walton Reporter)
  • June 25, 2015: Delaware Opportunities 7th Annual Children's Festival (Daily Star)
  • July 10, 2015: Delaware Opportunities 7th Annual Children's Festival (Walton Reporter)

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Public Policy Reports:

Stay informed and connected to initiatives supporting affordable quality early learning by visiting the following:

Visit Child Care Aware of America to learn about campaigns to strengthen the quality of child care, join their Action Network or email your elected officials.
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