SACCN Public Policy

The Child Care Network is Your Community Advocate:

  • We educate individuals 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 2022 Washington County Community Needs Report and 2022 Warren County Community Needs Report.

Why Advocacy Matters

The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby’s development. 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 [email protected] 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 often can be questionable in quality.

2022 Winning Beginning Child Care Budget Request

The Early Care and Learning Council believes that investments in early childhood education has 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

Action Center

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