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Child Care Availability Task Force

Making child care more affordable, accessible and fair in New York.

About the Task Force

The Child Care Availability Task Force was first convened in December 2018 and issued its final report in 2021. The State’s social services law was amended to reconvene the task force. The current task force was chaired by Suzanne Miles-Gustave, then acting commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and Roberta Reardon, commissioner of the Department of Labor. The new task force is charged with:

  • Evaluating the need for and availability of child care throughout the state.
  • Examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child care.
  • Advising the state in developing a framework leading to a phased-in rollout of universal child care.
  • Recommending ways to address the child care workforce crisis.
  • Assessing the implementation of policies supported by federally funded programs through various stimulus packages.

The task force is comprised of representatives from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Council on Children and Families, Department of Taxation and Finance, Regional Economic Development Council, State University of New York, City University of New York, State Education Department, as well as the child care providers and unions, the advocacy groups and stakeholders, the business community and local departments of social services.

Relaunch Legislation

The Child Care Availability Task Force was relaunched under Social Services Law § 390-k § 390-k. The task force is charged with:

  • Examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child care in New York State.
  • Advising the state in developing an implementation framework leading to a phased-in rollout of universal child care using existing state and federal resources.
  • Recommending potential solutions, partnerships, or other ways to address chronic child care workforce issues and other concerns identified in the course of the examination required by this subdivision.
  • Assessing the implementation of policies supported by federally funded programs through various stimulus packages.
  • Anything else the task force deems necessary.

Read the full legislation.

Task Force Report 2024

The relaunched Task Force produced a report titled “Making Child Care More Affordable, Accessible and Equitable for New Yorkers,” including recommendations to make child care accessible and equitable. These recommendations include:

  • Develop a phased-in rollout of universal child care.
  • Implement a permanent line of funding to support the child care workforce.

Read the 2024 Child Care Availability Task Force Report.

Previous Final Report

The original Task Force produced a 50 page report outlining several recommendations that Governor Kathy Hochul has made a chief point of emphasis for her administration:

  • Make Child Care More Affordable
  • Provide More Equitable Access to Child Care
  • Ensure Child Care Remains High-Quality
  • Coordinate Systems to Streamline Services and Improve Collaboration

Read the 2021 Child Care Availability Task Force Report.

Meeting Presentations

The relaunched New York State Child Care Availability Task Force held its first meeting on March 13, 2023. The meeting was also broadcast online.

Watch the March 13, 2023 Meeting

The relaunched New York State Child Care Availability Task Force held its second meeting on July 24, 2023. The live broadcast link and agenda are located below.

Watch the July 24, 2023 Meeting

The relaunched New York State Child Care Availability Task Force will hold their third meeting on October 16, 2023. The live broadcast link and agenda are located below.

Watch the October 16, 2023 Meeting

Watch the December 11, 2023 Meeting