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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.

 

Public Policy

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:

  • Write letters to the editor of your local and area newspapers.
  • Write letters to your federal and state representatives.
  • Contact your local radio and cable stations.
  • Share early childhood advocate group links on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.
  • Form community groups to share ideas and take action together.
  • Visit the Child Care Aware of America Public Policy pages and other advocacy links listed here for information about current issues regarding children and child care and for other ideas on how you can advocate for young children.
  • For public policy activities, events and reports in NY, visit the NYS Early Care and Learning Council.

 

Who Is Representing You

U.S. Senators
Senator Charles E. Schumer

Buffalo Office

130 South Elmwood Avenue #660

Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: 716-846-4111

Fax: 716-846-4113 


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Buffalo Office

Larkin At Exchange

726 Exchange Street, Suite 511

Buffalo, NY 14210

Phone: 716-854-9725

Fax: 716-854-9731

 

Representatives in Congress
Congressman Tom Reed - 23rd District

Jamestown

2 East 2nd St. Suite 300

Jamestown, NY 14701

Phone: 716-708-6369

Fax: 716-708-6058

 


New York Senators
NY State Senator Catharine Young – 57th District

Satellite Office

2-6 East 2nd St. Fenton Building, Suite 302

Jamestown, NY 14701

Phone: 716-664-4603

Fax: 716-664-2430



Members of Assembly
Assemblyman Andrew Goodell – 150th District 

District Office

Fenton Building

2 E. 2nd Street, Suite 320

Jamestown, NY 14701

716-664-7773

 

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Govenor of New York State

NYS State Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224

Phone: 518-474-8390

 

 Wyoming County Only

CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

(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

 

 

 

 The QIC “United To Promote Quality” Campaign

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:

  • Educate the public of the importance of Quality.
  • Engage communities in the promotion of Quality.
  • Empower families, early learning service providers, and whole communities to strive for Quality improvement - while still preparing and advocating for the full state-wide implementation of QUALITYstarsNY, the State’s recognized quality rating & improvement system.

 

Those CCR&Rs voluntarily participating in QIC would be expected - at a minimum (QIC Education Level) - to:

  • Provide e-version and hard-copy outreach materials (e.g., newsletters, brochures, flyers, bumper stickers, posters) regarding the essential elements of Quality (to be aligned with QUALITYstarsNY), for families, early learning service provider sites, and community residents, to be widely distributed through libraries, pediatrician offices, grocery stores, and other community locations.
  • Provide on-line access to Quality resources through the CCR&R web site and the SharedSource ECNY web site.
  • Include the approved network identifier, logo and tagline on CCR&R (and ECLC) marketing materials and publications related to the QIC Campaign.

 

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.