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Background

SACCN Public Policy

The Child Care Network is your community advocate:

  • We educate people on what quality child care is and why it’s so important
  • We develop and promote policies that aid in the expansion of quality child care services locally, statewide and nationally.
  • We work closely with organizations that are proven leaders in state and national early care and learning advocacy efforts.

Information on the status of child care locally can be found in the 2016 Child Care Community Needs Assessment

Why Advocacy Matters

The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby’s development. But by age three, 85% of the core structures of the brain have been developed. Children, who start behind, stay behind. Studies show that children with high quality early learning experiences have an advantage. They include:

  • 40% less likely to need remedial services
  • 30% more likely to graduate from high school
  • 200% more likely to go to college

Stay connected to the public policy issues that impact children and families in our region- and let your voices be heard.  To receive public policy updates and action alerts from the Southern Adirondack Child Care Network contact Liz Mahon-Laidlaw at laidlawe@saccn.org or call 518.798.7972. 

Current Advocacy Messages and Agendas

Child Care Aware of America (formerly NACCRRA)

The poor state of the economy is hurting millions of Americans. Working families with children depend on child care to get and keep a job.

  • More than 11 million children under age 5 are in the care of someone other than their mother.
  • Millions more school age children are in after-school programs.
  • Child care often is difficult to find, especially for infants and toddlers. It is challenging to afford and of questionable quality.

Child Care Aware of America’s (CCA) public policy agenda is both grassroots-inspired and research-based. CCA recommends that Congress:

  • reauthorize and strengthen Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG)
  • increase the CCDBG quality set-aside
  • require accountability for CCDBG funds
  • ensure affordable child care for families
  • strengthen rural child care
  • limit potentially unsafe license-exempt care
  • make child care part of disaster planning

Winning Beginning NY

Winning Beginning NY

believes that in this time of fiscal crisis our State must preserve, protect, and increase access to high-quality early care and learning programs. These programs, all of equal priority, are essential for children’s success and our State’s economic recovery.

Early Care and Learning Council 2015 Public Policy Agenda in Brief

The Early Care and Learning Council  believes that investments in early childhood have both short and long term economic benefits for our state, its families, and current and future workforce.

How to Use the Messages to Affect Change

Advocacy 101 Webinar (from Early Care and Learning Council and Winning Beginning NY)
Sarah Bilofsky’s insightful webinar on how to effectively use the WBNY Advocacy Tools for Elected Officials for legislative visits.

Legislative Materials and Advocacy Handbook

NACCRRA’s Legislative Action Center
NACCRRA’s comprehensive list of advocacy tools and resources including featured alerts and campaigns.

Action Center

Links to contact information for your:

National Policymakers:

New York State Policymakers:

Local Policymakers: 

Child Care Public Policy Reports

Putting the Pieces Together: New York Early Learning Program Data Systems

Upcoming Classes & Events

2017 Early Childhood Conference Brochure Now Available

This year’s conference on November 3rd and 4th is fast approaching. Check the brochure to read about the exciting key note speakers, Bari Koral and returning favorite, Jeannine Fitzgerald, plus many informational workshops over the course of the two days.

Math: More and Less than Numbers – Rescheduled Dates

Come learn the basics of children’s understanding of math according to the ages. Play with some fun math toys, materials and ideas. Take home fun activity ideas to do with children of all ages.

Health and Safety Training: Competencies for Becoming a Family or Group Family Child Care Provider

A 15 hour training program, required for becoming a registered or licensed child care provider, is being offered by the Southern Adirondack Child Care Network. Learn how to enhance the quality of your new program and run a business that keeps children healthy and safe from potentially harmful situations in early childhood settings.

Health and Safety Training: Competencies for Becoming a Family or Group Family Child Care Provider

A 15 hour training program, required for becoming a registered or licensed child care provider, is being offered by the Southern Adirondack Child Care Network. Learn how to enhance the quality of your new program and run a business that keeps children healthy and safe from potentially harmful situations in early childhood settings.  Health and Safety Enrollment Flyer April 2017 .  You can now register and pay on line with a credit card. http://www.saccn.org/registration/ . When: Tuesday, April 4; Thursday, April 6; Tuesday, April 11 and Thursday April 13, 2017 Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm April 4, 6 and 13; 10-2:30 April 11