ITHACA, NY – Today, Rep. Tom Reed met with the staff of the IC3 Ithaca Community Childcare Center to discuss the important role childcare plays in our communities and hear firsthand the difficulties facilities are confronting due to COVID-19.
Over the last month, Reed has met with childcare providers from across the state to shine a light on the growing crisis facing this critical industry, gather input, and note the need for additional congressional action. Reed has also called on New York to fully release all of the federal childcare funding the statereceived in the CARES Act.
“We care about ensuring working families have access to safe, quality child care programming throughout our district,” said Reed. “It is only fair we continue to support these providers and facilities as their services are integral to the educational and social development of our nation’s children. This is also a priority as we look to reopen our economy and help individuals return to the workforce. We will continue to visit facilities like IC3 to listen to their stories and make sure their voices are heard.”
“I am pleased that Congressman Reed reached out to us and came to Ithaca Community Childcare Center to discuss the growing challenges that child care centers, families, and early childhood professionals are facing,” said IC3 Executive Director Sherri Koski. “He was willing to listen to the many challenges the field of early childhood education is facing including understanding the economics of childcare, tough decisions that we are being forced to consider, the impact that childcare has on businesses and the economy as well as children, families, and staff. He toured the construction site, was able to have a limited tour of the Center due to COVID-19 and was very supportive of the important work that we are doing to support quality childcare in Tompkins County."
Reed recently joined more than 40 members of Congress in a letter calling on leadership to prioritize targeted support for childcare providers to help stabilize the industry. The letter can be found here.