Can you believe 2019 has just about come to an end? I certainly can’t. While I thought about sharing a year-in-review message with you, I really want to focus on where we are going in 2020.
In the coming months, you’ll hear more about the work we are doing to engage businesses in understanding the need for quality child care and how increasing access to more families will impact employers and their employees. In fact, Governor Cuomo and, especially, Lt. Governor Hochul have elevated the discussion of child care as an economic issue throughout the state. To that end and in cooperation with the six child care resource and referral agencies in the Lower Hudson Valley and the Mid-Hudson Region Economic Development Council, a survey was created to catalog the benefits and resources employers currently offer to help their employees meet their child care needs. If you are an employer in Rockland, please complete this vital, brief survey.
Another exciting initiative is a new website available to everyone in the Lower Hudson Valley region that will make contacting our offices that much easier – one stop for seven counties: http://www.hvchildcare.org. When you visit the site you’ll be asked to enter the ZIP code for the area where you’d like to find a child care or school age program and immediately be directed to the appropriate referral agency for the area.
Deciding on a child care program is fraught with questions, many of them emotional minefields. What is the best program? How will I know what my child is doing all day? Who are the people taking care of my child? Are they qualified? Then there are the practical questions – how far away from home/work/school do I want my child? How much will it cost? What hours are available? What will I do if my schedule changes and the program cannot accommodate me those hours? Call on us to help you.
First and foremost, we know child care. Our staff is experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to improving the lives of young children by working to ensure access to quality early care and school age care. That’s why every time I see a question posed on social media about the “best” child care program, where to find child care, how to find child care, how to arrange for child care, and asking for recommendations, I wish more people would know to call us because we have the answers to all those questions.
As we head into the New Year, remember that we are here to help whether you are a parent, caregiver, business, child care provider, or educator. We’ll continue that work in 2020 and beyond.
On behalf of the staff and Board, I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year.