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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 2018 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 

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 parent.
  • 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

A Child Care Agenda for Congress, the Administration and States; 2018 2019 Policy Platform

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.

2018 2019 Winning Beginning Child Care Budget Request

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

Child Care Aware of America
A comprehensive list of advocacy tools, information and resources including featured alerts and campaigns.

Save the Children Video: An Advocate’s Guide to the Appropriation’s Process

Empire State Child Care Campaign  Their mission is to achieve equitable access to quality child care for all children and working families in New York State. The web site contains tools, action steps and facts to use when advocating with New York State Legislators.

Action Center

Links to contact information for your:

National Policymakers:

New York State Policymakers:

Local Policymakers: 

Child Care Public Policy Reports, Articles and Videos

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

Why Do Parents Spend So Much on Child Care, Yet Early Childhood Educators Earn so Little?

State o f NYs Children Data Snapshots Jan.2018

Early Care and Learning Council ROI Infographic


Upcoming Classes & Events

Turning Adversity into Strength with Jeanine Fitzgerald Workshop Series

The Child Care Network has a very exciting training series with Jeanine Fitzgerald, one of our favorite and most popular guest speakers. The six week series will offer participants insight into the new OCFS training requirement on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma.

2020 Spring Lecture Series

Registration is open for the 2020 Spring Lecture Series.  The series of workshops will be held Tuesday evenings, March 3 – April 7 from 6:30-9:00 pm.  Classes will be held at the Washington County Annex 2, 411 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls/  Cost:  $250 (Member) and $275 (Non Member).  Deadline to register is February 28, 2020. 2020 Spring Lecture Series Brochure  

Health & 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 & Safety Registration Form.  Additional Information:  Letter Added to Health & Safety Flyer and Steps for Registering for Health & Safety Class.  You can now register and pay on line with a credit card. http://www.saccn.org/registration/ . When: Monday, January 6; Tuesday, January 7 and Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Time: 9:00-3:00