By: Shoshana Hershkowitz
Statewide Organizer for Education and Childcare
Citizen Action of New York
Citizen Action of New York is invested in the fight for universal child care in our state! The child care system is broken, and it’s past time to fix it for working families and caregivers.
We are proud to be members of the Empire State Campaign for Child Care, as well as the Family Values at Work network, advocating to invest in our care economy. When we invest in our care economy, everyone wins.
We’ve made child care a front and center issue in our state legislature. We’ve advocated for policies that raise child care providers’ wages, simplify the process for parents, and expand subsidies for thousands of New York families. We believe that every child, regardless of immigration status, deserves high quality, affordable child care.
Our child care providers are the workforce behind the workforce, and we were proud to take part in the national Day Without Child Care rally in New York City with our partners. We won’t stop until they are paid a thriving wage!
We advocate for these changes at the state and federal level. We were so happy to take part in Family Values at Work’s Lobby Days in May. We spoke to staffers from the New York delegation. A real highlight was meeting Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib!
We know it’s a long road ahead to get what we truly deserve in our care economy. But we’re not stopping until everyone gets the care they need, at a cost they can afford.