Gillibrand Proposes Bill To Expand Access To Child Care For Student Parents

Sophia Hall
February 18, 2020 - 4:17 pm
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to make child care possible for all parents in New York – even those who are still attending college.

According to recent data, about 200,000 undergraduates in New York are parents with nearly half of them being single mothers. Meanwhile, across the nation, there’s a child care crisis that makes it nearly impossible for mothers and fathers to find affordable care.

Gillibrand is hoping to change that and visited the Children’s Greenhouse at Nassau Community College on Tuesday to announced legislation that would help expand access to high-quality child care services at no cost to student parents enrolled in community colleges.

“PROSPECT Act creates targeted grant programs totally $9 billion over five years. These grants will increase access to child care for student parents at community colleges like the Nassau Community College,” Gillibrand said.

Parents told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that the bill makes a huge difference in their lives by allowing them to go to college and not worry about quality child care.

“My daughter was in a different day care and it was about two thousand dollars a month and I could never afford that,” said one mother. “So it's about $8 an hour and then my financial aid covers it and this bill would make a bigger difference.”

The bill would also help increase and improve the child care workforce by supporting early childhood education programs at community colleges and providing training to community child care providers.