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Legislature Urges State to Assist Counties in Complying with Federal Child Care Law Changes

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Legislature Urges State to Assist Counties in Complying with Federal Child Care Law Changes

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Legislature, without dissent (Legislature Dan Klein was excused), urged New York State to provide technical and financial assistance to counties in complying with federal child care law changes, so that local child care slots are not lost due to increased costs of meeting new federal mandates. The new regulations, covering such requirements as background checks, annual inspections, and health and safety training, the measure notes, will affect the accessibility and affordability of child care as a critical work support, with added implementation costs reducing subsidies to low-income families who need child care in order to go to work. The Legislature calls upon the Governor and State Legislature to hold counties harmless financially to preserve existing child care slots and subsidies provided by counties as the new federal standards are implemented.