NEW YORK, NY —– The Executive Board of District Council 1707 is requesting that the New York City Council hold a comprehensive hearing on Early Learn, the disruptive child care plan created by the Bloomberg Administration which has failed to live up to its hype.
Rather than being the future transformational model of child care, Early Learn has failed to service additional children it boasted would be benefited, to creating a financial atmosphere of uncertainty for providers and has uprooted the industry with massive terminations and an expensive health care model that resembles the Wal-Mart health care plan. Nearly sixty percent of center-based child care workers have opted out of the plan because it is too expensive.
“Now is the time for the City Council to held hearings on Early Learn and it's shortcomings” said DC 1707 Executive Director Raglan George, Jr. “If we continue to wait until the entire system collapses, it will be too late. The children of New York City and their parents deserve better.”
George cited the Campaign for Children’s report and another report from December 2012 by the New York City Independent Budget office, both which were critical of Early Learn’s operations and its future. Both reports can be obtained by going to the organization’s websites.
Who: Raglan George, Jr., Executive Director of DC 1707 continues
his One-Man March for NYC childcare
What: George calls for immediate City Council Hearing on Early Learn
When: Monday, February 4 from 11 AM to 1 PM
Where: Broadway side of City Hall