The budget fight over universal child care in Albany has opened a gulf between Gov. Kathy Hochul and progressive Democrats over funding.
Factors instigated by two years of the Covid-19 pandemic have pummeled New York’s child services industry, advocates say. As day care centers closed and expenses grew for the ones that remained open, families already hurt by soaring inflation and high unemployment have been squeezed by increased child care costs. As some parents begin to return to regular, in-person work, the need for child services has hit home.
The Schuyler Center in Albany, a statewide social services center, estimated that quality child care is the largest
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