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The Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. stands for child-care-friendly public policy and development. We are an informational resource and public voice for issues facing New York City’s children and families in diverse communities. To learn more about our public policy and advocacy, please visit our agency’s main website:  Click Here for CPC’s Policy & Advocacy Priorities New York State FY 2019-2020.

ECLW has held regular meetings with state and city elected officials to address the need for child care in the Asian communities. CPC has organized and participated many public rallies and hearings to voice our concerns over New York City Major Bloomberg’s proposal to redirect the funding for early learn programs, more than 3,000 elected officials, business community leaders, community leaders, educators and parents participated in these events. As a result of the advocacy efforts, funding for CPC’s early learn programs have been extended, in turn CPC continues to provide care and education to more than 700 children in our community.

On Thursday, May 2nd 2019, the Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC) and over 200 community members convened a press conference and rally on the steps of City Hall as part of their 2nd annual CPC City Advocacy Day. CPC called on the Mayoral Administration and the City Council to make critical investments to address the persistent and emerging needs of the Asian American community. CPC’s City Advocacy Day coincides with the start of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

CPC staffers then visited with legislative officials from the New York City Council to discuss CPC’s policy agenda, which include funding for community-based outreach for the upcoming 2020 Census, additional resources for language access, and funding the full cost of funding human services in a timely manner that accounts for inflation and cost-of-living increases.

Click here for additional information on our second annual City Advocacy Day.

Rational for Public Policy Messages
ECLWs’ rationale for public policy is a process for making logically sound decisions in policy that is appropriate for the achievement of our goals. Our goals are to improve the quality of child care in New York City through public policy and community education.

The Use of Messages To Effect Change:
ECLW uses messages to:

  • Support the public policy messages of ECLC and CCAA.
  • Let people to know they have access to child care services.
  • Support our efforts in providing care for families and their needs.
  • Solicit elected officials’ support for funding child care programs.
  • Educate the public and elected offal’s on the demand and supply of child care.
Our Steps The Context of Public Policy Are As Follows:
  1. Intelligence gathering— data and potential problems and opportunities are identified, collected and analyzed.
  2. Identifying problems.
  3. Assessing the consequences of all options.
  4. Relating consequences to values— with all decisions and policies there will be a set of values which will be more relevant (for example, economic feasibility and environmental protection) and which can be expressed as a set of criteria, against which performance (or consequences) of each option can be judged.
Child Care Aware of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families.
The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Research: Data Drive Reports:

Mapping New York City Child Care Needs:

Meeting the needs of young children and their families for safe, accessible, affordable, and appropriate care and education services is challenging in all communities across the United States. This is particularly true when there are significant language and cultural changes in a neighborhood from substantial numbers of immigrants moving into the city from other countries, or movement of clusters of immigrant families from one neighborhood to another. The Consortium’s work in responding to families and working with those providing or seeking to provide early care and education addresses these issues. Parent counselors provide each family with information and support, not only in identifying possible child care programs, but also in determining how best to make child care arrangements that meet their individual circumstances and needs. By providing resources and individualized technical assistance to staff of child care programs, the Consortium helps expand the supply and increase the quality of child care providers and programs that can meet those family needs.

The Consortium uses mapping information to: inform our work in local communities, prioritize and target our child care development activities and enable us to reach the families in need of child care services within those communities. We hope that our findings will be helpful to others working in local communities as well as policy makers and city planners, in responding to the needs of NYC families and children.

The 2018-2019 Child Care Policy Platform Highlights Critical Role of Nation’s Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
Leaving Children to Chance, A report from Child Care Aware of America at link

CPC-ECLW is a member of the Early Care Learning Council (NYS) and Child Care Aware® of America (National)

Chinese-American Planning Council- Early Childhood Learning & Wellness Services for a complete listing of ECLW contact information and an on-line contact form. for a listing of CPC’s contact information.

Child Care Aware of America
1515 N. Courthouse Rd, 11th floor
Arlington, VA 22201 (map)
Phone: 703-341-4100 (call)
Fax: 703-341-4101

Early Care and Learning Council
230 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 690-4217
Fax: (518) 690-2887

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