15 November 2016
The Early Childhood Alliance released a summary report on Child Care in Onondaga County. The report states that, “Child Care is still perceived by the public as baby sitting, however, decades of research has indicated that a quality child care setting helps our youngest children develop age appropriate social, cognitive and emotional skills. Child Care needs to be viewed as the first stage of education. Only through significant financial investments at the Federal, State and local levels will we be able to obtain affordable and quality care for our families and children.” The report estimates that approximately 52,000 children need some form of child care but there are only about 15,500 regulated child care slots in the County. Changes in the Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant of 2014 will have extraordinary impacts statewide and in Onondaga County. The availability of regulated child care slots could be further jeopardized in the community without increased State and Federal funding. Read the ECA child care report to get a better understanding of the current state of child care in Onondaga County.