In this commentary, Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield discusses the important role of public benefits in meeting the needs of low-income students.
David Socolow is quoted in this press release from the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio on career pathways.
Describes the conflicting themes and provisions of welfare legislation and the job training consolidation bills. A number of key issues are identified and discussed concerning the likely impact of these bills on access to education and training for individuals who receive cash assistance.
Recommendation: Build the supply of high-quality child care settings for all babies and toddlers, with a special focus on underserved communities-including those in low-income, rural, and/or immigrant and language-minority communities.
Recommendation: Provide all parents of infants and toddlers with culturally and linguistically appropriate information on choosing high-quality care and subsidy eligibility.
Elizabeth Lower-Basch quoted about how the de Blasio administration is taking a different approach to welfare than that used by previous New York City mayors.
Testimony by Lauren Walizer to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance
Recommendation: Conduct routine monitoring of infant and toddler child care in centers and family child care settings at least twice a year, provide technical assistance to help providers with licensing compliance, and use information on provider compliance to inform parents and ensure ongoing improvements in monitoring systems and child care quality.
Recommendation: Ensure access to specialized professional development for providers working with infants and toddlers, including participation in higher education programs, community-level training, ongoing individualized consultations, and access to appropriate information and supports for caregivers, so that those who care for infants and toddlers in all settings understand and implement a core body of knowledge and skills.