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Gov. Cuomo launches child care task force

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has announced the start of a child care availability task force.

The group, comprised of representatives from the child care provider community, the advocacy community, representatives of the business community, unions that represent child care providers, representatives from several state agencies and local departments of social services, will develop recommendations to make quality, affordable child care accessible across the state.

The task force met for the first time Wednesday, according to Gov. Cuomo’s office.

“As a mother, I know how important it is to have access to quality child care to help balance responsibilities at work and at home,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Child Care Availability Task Force. “We want to ensure that working families are provided with the resources for safe, accessible and affordable child care. By promoting and investing in child care, we know it can improve women’s participation in the workforce and narrow the gender wage gap. The Child Care Availability Task Force will explore and support innovative approaches to providing quality child care across the state.”

The task force will examine access to affordable child care, the availability of child care for parents with non-traditional work hours, statutory and regulatory changes that could promote or enhance access to child care, business incentives to increase child care access, and the impact on tax credits and deductions relating to child care. The task force is expected to share its initial recommendations with the administration next year and finalize its report by the end of 2020.

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