Public Policy Agenda

The Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. have developed a public policy plan with 3 main goals:

  • Children & families at all income levels can access regulated child care to meet their needs.
  • Educate the community on the importance of quality child care
  • Promote an initiative for standarized federal background checks for all child care providers

Follow these links to find out more about child care public policy & advocacy:

  • Child Care Aware of America promotes national policies and partnerships to advance the development and learning for all children.

  • You are passionate about children - but you've never lobbied a state legislator.
    Nervous? take a moment to read the following How-To-Guide: Share your story with state representatives, the media and others.

    Here's an important thing to remember: You have what every elected officel needs -A VOTE! And you have knowledge and experience that will help legislators make informed decisions.

    Whether you are a parent, an early childhood professional or a local business owner whose employees need high-quality child care, your state respresentative is elected by you, and wants to hear what you have to say.

    Here are some practical communication strategies to maximize the impact of your lobbying efforts:

    Letters- Draft a letter to the govenor or your state representative
    Calls- Make calls or set up meetings with state representatives and their staff members
    Invitations- Invite an elected official to tour or attend a special event at your child care or preschool facility and then alert the media to cover the event.
    Media- Write a letter to a newspaper editor
    Newsletters- Draft an article for your organization's newsletter

    For more ideas and sample letters, visit Winning Beginning NY Advocacy Tools.

  • A report by National Center for Children in Poverty
    This report shows that data collected by state and local agencies on young children and the programs serving them have enormous potential value. Families, service providers, policymakers, researchers, advocates and others can use these data to better understand
    children’s needs, improve access to services, strengthen services, enhance the efficiency of services, and understand the short- and long-term impacts of services.

  • A report from NACCRRA

    More than 11 million children younger than age 5 spend an average of 35 hours a week in some type of child care setting. State child care licensing requirements govern the health, safety and learning opportunities for these children. State oversight requirements monitor compliance with state policies.

    We Can Do Better: 2011 Update is the third in a series of reports beginning in 2007 that scores and ranks the states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense (DoD) on 10 program requirements and five oversight benchmarks for child care centers. NACCRRA’s update found that states have made progress but more progress is needed.
    The average score in 2011 was 87 out of a possible 150 points (compared to 70 in 2007 and 83 in 2009). Using a standard grading scale, no state earned an A. The Department of Defense earned a B, and four states earned a C. Twenty-one states earned a D. Half of the states (26 states) earned a failing grade. While we should be pleased with the improvement among the states since 2007, an 87 equates to a score of 58 percent, a failing grade in any classroom in America.

  • Winning Beginning NY is a statewide coalition working to inform policy makers and the public about the many benefits of early care and learning including home visiting, child care and Pre-k.