Parents Rally For Child Care
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Thousands rallied outside of City Hall Wednesday in support of child care for working families.
The Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care estimates that 7,000 fewer children from low income working families will have access to child care next year.
They also say the mayor is only restoring 25 percent of the funding to public child care, and that nine centers are scheduled to be closed July 1.
Parents are receiving letters that their children may not have a program to attend next term.
"I have no idea where I will put my kids, and I don’t know what to do with them. I will not be able to work," said Katimi Bouare, one of the parents at the rally.
"I think we're all dismayed that City Hall's agenda really is to cut the safety net, and literally put thousands of children in harm's way. I have never seen a budget that directly goes after the most vulnerable New Yorkers," said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
According to the Administration for Children’s Services, the mayor’s budget ensures that all children who benefited from child services this year but have lost services as a result of the deficit will be offered a seat in the fiscal year 2012.