Proposed child care budget cuts have some worried about their kids’ future

The current proposed 2025 budget would cut $50 million in city funding for preschool and 3-K programs.

Julia Joseph and Adolfo Carrion

Jun 13, 2024, 10:03 PM

Updated 40 days ago

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Proposed cuts to the child car budget in New York City have some parents worried about what resources they may lose for their children.
The current proposed 2025 budget would cut $50 million in city funding for preschool and 3-K programs.
The Coney Island YMCA is one of those resources many parents rely on. It offers free day care and preschool for young Brooklyn kids. Council member Justin Brannan is calling on the mayor to reverse the proposed cuts, which are in addition to the $120 million cut that was announced in November.
"We want to make sure that every kid that wants a pre-K seat or 3-K seat can get one and right now we're not really hearing that,” said Brannan. “Telling a kid that we have a seat for you but it's three buses and a train away, that doesn't cut. A kid needs a seat in their local community."
For parents like Danielle Gonzalez, programs like the one at the Coney Island YMCA are a backbone for her life.
“If it wasn’t for this program, I would not be able to work,” said Gonzalez.
She says this program also gives her daughter time to do her favorite activity – reading.
“I would have to be home with my kid… I would have to risk and sacrifice a lot of things in that area,” Gonzalez says.
The current proposed budget says it will use $92 million of lost federal funding for 3-K expansion, but Brannan says it won’t remove the nearly double amount of money that is being taken away.
News 12 has reached out to the mayor’s office for a statement and is awaiting a response.


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