Guest post by Sharae Brown, Development Officer, TASC.
As a former latch-key kid, after-school cheerleading coach and TASC employee, I didn’t think I could feel more passionately about preserving the 47,000 after-school and child care slots children and their families will lose if the city’s proposed budget cuts go through. However, after participating in the Campaign For Children rally and press conference yesterday at City Hall, I absolutely do.
The huge crowd was filled with parents, kids, child care and after-school providers, as well as elected officials like Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and several City Council members. We represented different races, neighborhoods and organizations, but we all stood together. Some of us held signs, some of us held banners, and we all held on to the hope that, as one speaker expressed, “our budget would not be balanced on the backs of our children.”
A mom at the event spoke about researching several child care options extensively before determining that the city-subsidized program her 4-year-old daughter attends was the only affordable option that would to allow her to work. She said, “No parent deserves to feel like they have no options.” She’s right. Let’s make sure we’re not producing a new generation of latch-key kids.