Why it could be harder to get child care services when the economy reopens

first_imgYou can find more resources for child care and families here. 12 News reached out to the Office of Child and Family Services about how it is working with centers throughout the state. It sent this statement to 12 News: “New York State recognizes the vitally important role of child care providers in reopening the state economy, and has been working with local Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and school districts to pair essential workers with continuing child care. Governor Cuomo recently directed $30 million in federal CARES funding to support child care for qualifying families of essential workers, so they can continue to work without worrying about paying for child care, and the purchasing of masks, gloves, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula and food. Funding will also support the recovery and reopening of child care programs impacted by COVID-19.” “We’re still going to have the same issue then that we had pre-pandemic with not enough child care slots to meet working families in our area and the financial struggling of child care programs,” said Perney. After the Future Faces day care center and the Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome closed down within months of each other, they added to a list of centers closing across the Southern Tier for the past decade. Perney says this could make it harder for families to get slots, since finances will make it more difficult for centers to keep prices at a reasonable cost. Director of Child Resource and Referral at Family Enrichment Network, Jennifer Perney, says recent numbers show that 37 percent of centers in Broome County closed along with 31 percent in Chenango County. Perney says once things begin to resume to normal, she plans on continuing her work with Broome County Executive Jason Garnar on an initiative to help fund for child care in the area. (WBNG) — Before the pandemic hit, the Southern Tier was already seeing a child care crisis and now, officials worry about more problems when the economy reopens.last_img read more

Club for social justice

first_imgOn Thursday, GlobeMed at USC recognized the World Day of Social Justice by educating and inspiring students about the myths on poverty.Tagging · Sophia Nagar, a freshman majoring in theatre, spray paints “laughter” near Tommy Trojan as part of World Day of Social Justice. – Austin Vogel | Daily Trojan The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Feb. 20 as the World Day of Social Justice in 2007. On that day, UN member states support efforts of the international community to eradicate poverty, promote work and employment, gender equality and access to social well-being for all.GlobeMed, a national organization with branches on more than 50 university campuses across the country, partners at USC with Care Net Ghana to support women’s and children’s health and human rights. Each of GlobeMed’s university chapters has an initiative to engage its campus on social justice issues.At USC, a graffiti project pointed out the contrast between a socially just world and the world in which we live. Members of GlobeMed at USC asked students a type of social justice they though everyone should have a right to, and students spray painted their answers on a large board.GlobeMed at USC focused on debunking three myths. The 2014 Gates Annual Letter, published in January by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, described “3 Myths that Block Progress for the Poor.” Club leaders educated about the myths that poor countries are doomed to stay poor, that aid is a big waste and that saving lives leads to overpopulation.By combatting these myths, poor countries have hope for development.As GlobeMed titled its event “Pop That Myth,” each time a student learned a fact, he or she popped a balloon on the side of the board.The goal was to raise awareness about social justice and the question of what everyone deserves in the world.USC GlobeMed member Lucy Ruderman was excited to able to reach out to students not directly affiliated with her program.“I think it’s incredible to have such strong student advocates who genuinely care about bettering the world beyond our campus,” Ruderman said. “It was really cool to be able to engage other students outside of GlobeMed with World Day of Social Justice.”In the future, USC GlobeMed will continue working with Care Net Ghana in a local project to help fund a medical laboratory and an ultrasound scan. The new equipment in the facilities will allow for timely and accurate diagnoses of complicated pregnancies and reduce maternal and infant mortality in the area.Last year, they trained 100 volunteers from 20 villages in the Volta region of Ghana to become community health workers and provide pre- and post-natal maternal and child-care, giving each villager the ability to be a sustainable resource that will transform his or her individual community.GlobeMed member Jennifer Camello noted that the organization reached their goal for the day.“We reached our goal in raising awareness about World Day of Social Justice as well as some social injustice issues surrounding foreign aid,” Camello said.last_img read more