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Lieutenant Governor Hochul Pushes for Access to Affordable, High-Quality Child Care as Part of the State's Regional Economic Development Council Round IX Strategy


Co-Chairs of the 10 Regional Economic Development Councils Urged to Develop Regionally-Specific Strategies for Child Care Services
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The New York State Regional Economic Development Council today announced that Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul sent a letter to the co-chairs of the 10 REDCs across New York State, calling on them to use their leadership roles to address child care and community needs as part of their overall plan for economic development and growth. As chair of the statewide REDCs, the Lieutenant Governor asked the co-chairs to encourage project applicants to consider solutions to child care, such as providing on-site child care, child care co-ops with other businesses, and flexible scheduling and remote work options.
“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 Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “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 Lieutenant Governor was named co-chair of Governor Cuomo’s Child Care Availability Task Force in December. The task force was established as part of the Women’s Agenda to assemble a group of experts to develop innovative solutions that will improve access to quality, affordable child care in New York. The task force is expected to share its initial recommendations with the administration later this year and finalize its report by the end of 2020.
Child care is a $4.3 billion industry in New York, generating an economic impact of nearly $8.6 billion and supporting 172,000 jobs. More than 60% of New Yorkers live in a child care desert, and insufficient child care options cost U.S. businesses more than $3 billion annually and negatively impacts the New York State economy.
About the Regional Economic Development Councils
The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo’s approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources.
After eight rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit