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Background

This report was prepared in response to Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2007 (Education, Labor and Family Assistance budget appropriation bill for State fiscal year 2007-08), which required that the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) compile data regarding the quality of child care (see Appendix A). This report includes information requested by the New York State Legislature and additional data to expand our understanding of the child care needs of working families and children in New York State.

To specifically address the requirements of the legislation, the report is organized as follows:

Section I:

Child Care Subsidy: Current and Future Need The number of children eligible to receive child care subsidies and the number of children receiving child care subsidies; the adequacy of local social services districts’ ability to meet current and future child care need.

Section II:

Facilitated Enrollment Demonstration Projects The impact of the facilitated enrollment demonstration projects on accessibility to child care for families up to 275% of the State Income Standard.

Section III:

County Co-Payments The number of counties that require co-payments for child care assistance, the percentage of income represented by such co- payments, and the estimated fiscal impact of limiting co-payments to ten percent of income.

Section IV:

Regulatory and Inspection Processes The inspection process including the current number of staff dedicated to the inspection of child care providers; the number of inspections conducted in 2006, 2007, and 2008; an analysis of their findings; the appeals process; and the outcome of those appeals.

Section V:

Staff Turnover Staff turnover rate in each of the child care modalities and recommendations for increasing the recruitment and retention of providers.

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