Dear Child Advocate,
While women are typically the major cornerstone of our families and a vital part of our economy, the fact remains that households headed by a woman are more likely to be poor. And, as the economy continues to decline, we are seeing more women than men in the workforce for the first time. Unfortunately, it appears that women are not earning at the same level as men.
There are many ways we can support women so they can improve their lives and the lives of their children. As Women's History Month comes to a close, we share information that directly affects women in New York.
CDF-NY is pleased that Governor Paterson, Speaker Sheldon Silver and Majority Leader Malcolm Smith made children a priority and negotiated a budget deal that recognizes the importance of protecting, educating and caring for New York’s most vulnerable children. While the lack of transparency in the process is very troubling and more could have been done to improve the lives of New York's children, the final proposal ensures that many critical services for children and their families will remain intact for now.
The state legislature will vote in the next two days on the final budget proposal. Highlights include:
Since much of the funding to support education and children's services is coming from the federal stimulus package, a large portion of this budget proposal is not sustainable without federal support. New York's leaders must find ways to maintain these services beyond the two-year stimulus funding period.
A new CDF-NY report, "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Refund Anticipation Loans in New York," examines how tax preparation fees, Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs) and other commercial products siphon money from the families that need money the most. The report finds that in New York, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service for tax year 2006:
Step up and take action. The problems are solveable if everyone does his or her part. Read the full report and learn what you can do about Refund Anticipation Loans in your community.
On April 23, the Reverend Emma Jordan-Simpson will be the recipient of the Urban Angel Award presented by the New York Theological Seminary at their Annual Gala. The Urban Angel Award honors a select group of individuals who have made significant contributions to the health and vitality of urban communities throughout the greater New York area, around the nation, and throughout the world. CDF-NY congratulates Rev. Jordan-Simpson for her community leadership.
To learn more about the Reverend Emma Jordan-Simpson, visit the CDF Speakers Bureau.
Have your children been uninsured sometime in the past three years? Do you live in Bedford-Stuyvesant or Crown Heights, Brooklyn? Tell your story!
Our vision is to guarantee every child affordable, comprehensive health and mental health coverage and services. We need your help to learn how to make it easier for families in your community to enroll. Attend a two-hour group discussion about your experience in obtaining health insurance for your children. Your feedback will be kept completely confidential.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
New York City continues to move ahead with plans to eliminate $62 million worth of child care services. In addition, the city has proposed additional cuts to non-mandated child care services. If these cuts go forward, more than 3,000 child care subsidies will be lost, and many child care centers will be at risk of closing.
Child care is a vital part of our economy. These cuts will affect us all. Act now and protect a vital service for children and working families.
Contact Mayor Bloomberg and urge him to make children a priority and stop the child care cuts.
Contact Governor Paterson at (518)-474-8390 and urge him to use the federal stimulus money to stabilize the child care system.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—the economic recovery law passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last month—contains numerous provisions that will stimulate the economy and help children and families.
It offers direct assistance (tax credits, unemployment benefits, food stamps) to lower-income families who will spend the money quickly to keep their heads above water. It offers temporary fiscal relief to states to help prevent painful budget cuts in essential services, which would further erode the economy. The act funds infrastructure investments, such as school repair projects, that will create jobs. It will make preventive investments in children before they face greater risks, such as family instability, homelessness, neglect and abuse.
Every step we take to improve the lives of children improves the lives of all of us. Learn how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will impact children and families.
The SNAP expansion is a step forward for New York's children and families. It will help lower-income working parents put food on the table and allow them more financial resources to pay bills, purchase health coverage and continue to provide their children with quality child care.
To learn more about the SNAP expansion, visit New York State's Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance web site.
The New York City Commission on Women's Issues (CWI) recently launched a free, online tool to connect New York City women with services and support. The NYC Women's Resource Network features information on more than 1,000 organizations offering assistance with financial education, domestic violence, child care, health care, education, housing and more.