Your Voice Counts!
As a parent, child care provider or community member, your voice matters. Be vocal. Be Active. Share your child care stories, ideas or concerns with policy makers. Sharing your thoughts is important because policy makers may not be aware of the current issues. Discussing the issues with them may help affect change.
Because of our Commitment to quality care, Child Care Services is a member of the Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC), Winning Beginning NY (WBNY), and Child Care Aware of America. These organizations are leaders in state and national early care and education advocacy efforts.
We encourage you to contact those who can take action on issues that affect child care and the education of young children. Supporting public policy activities and initiatives allows you to make a difference at a local, state or national level on the issues that matter to you most. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
Here are some ideas for how you can take action by reminding others why early childhood care and education are important to our future and that of our children. Use messages to affect change through these avenues:
Who Is Representing You
Senator Charles E. Schumer
130 South Elmwood Avenue #660
Buffalo, NY 14202
Larkin At Exchange
726 Exchange Street, Suite 511
Buffalo, NY 14210
Representatives in Congress
Congressman Tom Reed - 23rd District
2 East 2nd St. Suite 300
Jamestown, NY 14701
New York Senators
NY State Senator Catharine Young – 57th District
2-6 East 2nd St. Fenton Building, Suite 302
Jamestown, NY 14701
Members of Assembly
Assemblyman Andrew Goodell – 150th District
2 E. 2nd Street, Suite 320
Jamestown, NY 14701
Govenor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Wyoming County Only
(27th Congressional District)
Hon. Chris Collins, U.S. Congressman Representative
2813 Wehrle Drive, Suite 13, Williamsville, NY 14221
Telephone No. (716) 634-2324
SENATOR ~ 59th Senatorial District
Hon. Patrick M. Gallivan, State Senator
143 North Main Street, Room 103, Warsaw, NY 14569
Telephone No. (585) 786-5048
ACCORD's Child Care Services Division follows the public policy of Early Care & Learning Council (ECLC). Learn more by visiting: http://www.earlycareandlearning.org/public-policy---advocacy.html
Quality Investments for Children (QIC) is a state-wide awareness initiative with the primary purpose of educating communities (including families, early learning service providers, businesses, community leaders, and state officials) about the critical importance of quality early learning experiences, that have a positive impact on a young child’s cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development.
The promotion of Quality, from before birth to age 8, is foremost in the effort of ACCORD's Child Care Services Division of all Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies/programs in NYS, and thus to the Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC).
The QIC Campaign will not only raise awareness about the critical role Quality plays in a child’s early development, but it will also raise awareness among families, early learning service providers, businesses, community leaders, and state officials about the critical role CCR&Rs play in promoting Quality. This will strengthen the network of CCR&Rs, and increase the private and public investments in Quality - and in the work of the CCR&Rs.
Quality impacts children and adults. Parents/family members are more effective in their roles as primary breadwinners and caregivers when they have access to Quality for their children. Workforce development studies have demonstrated repeatedly that the lack of affordable Quality keeps parents/primary caregivers out of the workforce, or distracted/less productive while at work.
Quality impacts today and tomorrow. Quality is absolutely necessary if we are to have an educated, competent, and professional workforce for the future. This has been made exceedingly clear by James Heckman, Bill Millet, and other economists and business leaders deeply concerned about how well we are preparing our “next generation” of employees and leaders.
QIC is a statewide strategy to be managed by ECLC - but coordinated locally by the CCR&Rs - to:
Those CCR&Rs voluntarily participating in QIC would be expected - at a minimum (QIC Education Level) - to:
Although QIC is not a quality rating and improvement system, it has purposely been structured to increase state-wide awareness of – and commitment to - QUALITYstarsNY (the QRIS for New York State). A fully funded and comprehensive QUALITYstarsNY will in fact achieve substantial long term positive outcomes for young children, by increasing their likelihood of being successful in school and as adults. Similarly, QIC will be educating and engaging communities regarding the evidence-based fabric of social supports that have a positive impact on Quality, including home visiting, early intervention, social-emotional health care, prenatal care, paid family leave, and social equity (i.e., racial, cultural, and economic equity). The increased availability of these services will in fact contribute to the success of young children in school and life.