Threats to childcare and afterschool programs have become a staple of the New York City budgeting process: Each year, the mayor proposes major cuts to the programs. And each year, advocates for low-income kids fight back, lobbying the mayor and City Council to restore funding. The annual “budget dance” between the mayor and the City [...]
After months of high-stakes volleying, a new coalition of childcare and afterschool advocates has won a decided victory in the latest round of New York City budget ping-pong: Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council announced a deal on Monday to save slots for about 47,000 children in programs that were set to be slashed in the [...]
Over the past two years, the north shore community of Staten Island had more children placed in foster care than any other community district in New York City, according to a Child Welfare Watch analysis of Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) data. In 2010, the neighborhoods of St. George and Stapleton, near the Staten Island [...]
A city program that pays for childcare and Head Start services for low-income children is about to be redesigned in a way that may result in higher quality services , but for far fewer children. In 2011, total enrollment in city-subsidized childcare programs was about 117,000. Through the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), the city [...]
Listen to reps, from the Child Welfare Organizing Project talk about their work helping parents in crisis, as child protective workers decide whether or not to remove their children. [audio:http://blogs.newschool.edu/child-welfare-nyc/files/2012/01/CWWfinalremixmp3.mp3|titles="Community Reps"] You can also download the Podcast here.
Child Welfare Watch Report Vol. 21, Winter 2011/2012 (PDF) Nearly five years ago, New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services launched a plan to create a culture of community participation and transparency in the child welfare system, which is responsible for protecting children and assisting families in crisis. Its Community Partnership Initiative sought to establish [...]
The Bloomberg administration is poised to make sharp cuts to the primary source of government funding for hundreds of free after-school programs that currently serve about 53,000 children across the city. Just two years ago, the city’s “Out-of-School Time” or OST program received more than $117 million in city funds and served more than 87,000 [...]
The City Council passed a resolution Tuesday urging the state legislature and Governor Cuomo to send 16- and 17-year-olds accused of nonviolent crimes through the juvenile justice system, rather than automatically prosecuting them as adults. The resolution supports a proposal made in September by New York’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman. Lippman’s proposal would re-route adolescents [...]
The idea of reinvesting savings from one part of the child welfare system into another sounded perfectly logical when it was first proposed in a city strategy paper in 2001, especially to anyone unfamiliar with the vagaries of government social services funding. More than a decade ago, before Michael Bloomberg became mayor, New York City [...]
In the wake of a mom’s abduction of her eight children from a foster care agency in Queens early this week, some child welfare practitioners and parent advocates are uneasy, worried that the city could roll back hard-won changes that have made foster care a little friendlier to kids and their parents. The abduction took [...]
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