NYC Lawmakers Push To Reopen Day Care Centers

Marla Diamond
July 02, 2020 - 1:28 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — With many people heading back to the office, the City Council is working on legislation to force the reopening of over 2,000 day care centers citywide.

    Brooklyn City Councilman Brad Lander, who co-sponsored the bill with Staten Island Councilwoman Debi Rose, said it would force the city health commissioner to rescind an executive order keeping day care centers closed.

    "Let them reopen, provide a guidance. We are starting to open back up. Of course do it with health and safety guidelines. The federal government, the state government, even the American Academy of Pediatrics have provided a guidance," he told WCBS 880's Marla Diamond.

    The mayor has expressed concern that many day care centers aren't large enough for social distancing, but with more and more people returning to work, Lander says day care is essential.

    The councilman warns day care centers are in danger of closing.

    "They don't have any revenue coming in, they still have to pay their rent and other expenses. Now the state has put a grant program out, but you have to be open to apply for the grants programs," Lander said. 

    Rose said many of the centers are run by women of color and the continued closure of day cares ignores the economic impact of the service providers.

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