Assembly Bill A8623

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Establishes the universal child care act; repealer; appropriation

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  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2021-A8623 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Children And Families
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld §410 sub 3 ¶(b), amd Soc Serv L, generally; amd §101, Ed L; amd §2, Chap 493 of 2017; add §§99-oo, 99-pp & 99-qq, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in 2023-2024 Legislative Session:
A4815, S3245

2021-A8623 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the universal child care act to provide for the establishment and funding of universal child care in the state of New York; relates to the effectiveness of the child care availability taskforce; makes an appropriation therefor.

2021-A8623 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                             January 10, 2022
 Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  HEVESI,  SOLAGES,  DINOWITZ -- read once and
   referred to the Committee on Children and Families
 AN ACT to amend the social  services  law  and  the  education  law,  in
   relation  to  the  provision of universal child care; to amend chapter
   493 of the laws of 2017 amending the social services law  relating  to
   establishing  a child care availability taskforce to evaluate the need
   for and availability of child care throughout the state,  in  relation
   to  the  effectiveness  thereof;  to  amend  the state finance law, in
   relation to establishing certain funds to provide for  the  establish-
   ment and funding of universal child care; to repeal certain provisions
   of  the  social services law relating thereto; and making an appropri-
   ation therefor
   Section  1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "universal
 child care act".
   § 2. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds  and  declares
 that New York State's child care sector is facing an economic crisis. In
 2018,  the  legislature created a Child Care Availability Task Force. In
 2021, that Task Force issued its final report, finding that the  current
 crisis  "requires  a  dramatically different approach to child care: one
 that recognizes that high-quality child care is a public good  and  that
 provides the necessary public investment" to implement a system of high-
 quality  universal  child  care.  This  legislation  will  move New York
 towards such a dramatically new system, where  child  care  workers  are
 treated  with  dignity  and compensated generously as the educators that
 they are, where child care is free and available to all  just  like  our
 public  education system is free and available for all, where burdensome
 and ineffective means-testing requirements  are  ultimately  eliminated,
 where  public  investments are directed towards those most in need as we
 build out our important child care infrastructure, where families have a
 meaningful ability to select the modalities that  work  best  for  their
 children,  where  child care providers are not forced to compete against
 each other, where high-quality is ensured for all so that we do not have
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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