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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- February 8, 2017: Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions families make
Letters to the Editor:
- May 8, 2017: National Provider Appreciation Day
Public Policy Reports:
- Delaware County, NY Data Dashboard 2016
- 2016 Report on Child Care in Delaware County: Supply and Demand, GAP analysis and Provider Expansion
- Child Care Resource and Referral Services Annual Report 2016
- State Child Care Facts from Child Care Aware of America
- Millennial Generation: How the Changing Economic Environment Impacts the Newest Parents by Child Care Aware of America
- Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2016 Report by Child Care Aware of America
Stay informed and connected to initiatives supporting affordable quality early learning by visiting the following:
Join the Early Care & Learning Council in advocating for quality, affordable child care for all New York families.
How To Use Messages to Affect Change:
Visit Winning Beginning NY for information and resources on advocating for quality early care and learning.
Click here to find Public Policy Resources from Child Care Aware of America