FOR RELEASE: Immediate, October, 29, 2001
Governor Pataki Announces More Than $9 Million for Child Care
Grants to Create Nearly 1,500 New Day Care Slots for Low-Income Families
Governor George E. Pataki today continued his unprecedented commitment to affordable, quality child care by announcing more than $9 million in grants that will help create nearly 1,500 new day care slots for low-income families across the state.
“Quality, affordable child care is critical for thousands of New York’s working families, and is essential for the success of New York’s economy,” Governor Pataki said. “That is why our commitment, both financially and programmatically, will remain strong so we can better ensure every family has access to the best care available.”
This is the third and final round of child-care grants jointly administered by the Dormitory Authority and the State Office of Children and Family Services for construction or renovation of child-care centers and school-age child-care facilities. Today’s grants will provide $9,380,602 to 14 non-profit organizations across the state, creating 1,293 new day-care slots for low-income families. These grants are critical for the 14 organizations to begin moving forward with their projects, which, collectively, represent more than $21.5 million in new child care investments, including other funding secured by the organizations.
The first round of grants, announced in September 2000, awarded nearly $15 million for 3,127 new child-care slots. A second round of grants worth nearly $6.5 million was announced in January 2001, creating nearly 1,000 additional child-care slots.
Dormitory Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Murphy said, “We are pleased to be part of Governor Pataki’s program to expand the availability of quality child-care facilities. This is an essential tool that families need to be able to join the workforce and ensure that their children are safe and well cared for.”
OCFS Commission John A. Johnson said, “Governor Pataki clearly recognizes the immense role quality child care plays in the lives of thousands of New York’s parents and children. Over the last six years he has provided an unprecedented amount of resources to support the state’s child-care needs. He has been, and will continue to be, steadfast in his support of the safest, most nurturing care possible, which is what every child deserves.”
Since Governor Pataki took office, New York’s Child Care Block Grant has more than tripled, from $279 million to $840 million. Over the same period, subsidized child-care slots have more than doubled from 72,000 to more than 174,000. The additional slots have helped thousands of families begin self-sufficient lives free from the dependence of public assistance.
For more information, contact Dormitory Authority Press Officer Claudia Hutton at (518) 257 3382, or CHutton@dasny.org. To read the full text of Governor Pataki’s press release and see details on grant recipients, go to http://www.state.ny.us/governor/ and click on “Press Releases.”
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