Mayor Adams signs a package of childcare bills to provide support for working parents, mothers, caregivers, and families

by PDM STAFF

Mayor Eric Adams signs a package of childcare bills | Photo by Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed a package of seven bills to provide support for mothers, working parents, caregivers, and families in New York City. Two of these bills, Intros 485-A and 487-A, create a portal for accessible childcare subsidies and a directory of a childcare program in the city envisioned in his administration’s blueprint for greater access to child care and early education.

“Today, we are signing a package of seven child care bills to reaffirm our administration’s commitment to our city’s families and children and to say to working mothers and families that you are not alone,” said Mayor Adams. “Raising a family in New York City should not be impossible, and today we are providing families with the support so of an entire city in helping to raise their children. We know that nothing holds back opportunities or success at work more than lack of child care in this city, so this slate of legislation will even the playing field by supporting mothers and families.”

Under the child care blueprint released earlier this year, the Adams administration committed to cutting red tape and alleviating the frustrations of the application process for families by launching a new application portal designed specifically for child care — allowing families to navigate this process more efficiently. The portals will ensure greater accessibility and transparency, allowing the average parent to identify the suitable childcare locations and access childcare subsidies.

“For our city to move forward with a strong equitable recovery, we must invest in our working families and today’s bill signing sends a signal to New Yorkers that we are ‘Getting Stuff Done’ for our city’s families,” said Deputy Mayor of Strategic Initiatives Sheena Wright. “While it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a city to create a comprehensive early childhood education and child care program. Thank you to all of the elected officials, organizations, and advocates that pushed for these resources to help make this package of legislation possible.”

The mayor signed the following bills:

  • Intro. 242-A — sponsored by New York City Councilmember Jennifer Gutiérrez — would require the creation of a Marshall Plan for Moms Task Force to study and develop recommendations to support working mothers, parents, and caregivers. The task force would be required to submit a report with its recommendations within one year of its first meeting, which would be posted to the Commission on Gender Equity (CGE) ‘s website within ten days of submission.
  • Intro. 477-A — sponsored by New York City Councilmember Crystal Hudson — would establish a childcare task force to study how to make child care more affordable, how to make it more accessible for families in the city, and how to provide support and funding for child care.
  • Intro. 485-A — sponsored by New York City Councilmember Julie Menin — would require the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to coordinate with the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, now known as the New York City Office of Technology and Innovation, to create and maintain an online website with a directory of child care programs in the city to allow the average parent identify the suitable child care locations for their children.
  • Intro. 486-A — sponsored by New York City Councilmember Julie Menin — would establish a child care advisory board, which would be responsible for conducting studies on and issuing reports related to child care in the city.
  • Intro. 487-A — sponsored by New York City Councilmember Julie Menin — would require an agency or office designated by the mayor — in collaboration with the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, now known as the New York City Office of Technology and Innovation — and any other relevant agency or office to create and maintain a publicly accessible online portable regarding child care subsidies.
  • Intro. 488-A — sponsored by New York City Councilmember Julie Menin — would require an administering agency designated by the mayor to establish a three-year child care grant pilot program by July 1, 2023.
  • Intro. 489-A — sponsored by New York City Councilmember Julie Menin — would require the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop guidance for real property owners regarding the facility requirements for a child care program and make such guidance available on its website.

“Our families deserve services and programs that make raising a child in our great city easier,” said New York City Department of Education Chancellor David C. Banks. “Nothing should stand between working parents and caregivers, least of all a lack of access to safe, reliable child care, and I’m thankful to Mayor Adams for focusing on the needs of our working families and opening doors of opportunity for generations of New Yorkers to come.”

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