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Rochester Area Childcare Providers Ask Senate For Help

Written by on July 25, 2020

Childcare providers are saying that enrollment is down due to the coronavirus. Times are tough for these types of establishments, as more parents have been working from home and not taking advantage of the services they provide.

Hearing their plea, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul are now asking the federal government to step in and set aside $50 billion to help childcare services reopen.

On Friday, Senator Gillibrand said:

“Across the nine finger lakes counties, at least 200 childcare centers, that’s nearly one in five, has shut down. By late march many will not be able to move forward without assistance and the industry is truly on the brink of collapse,”

Diana Singer, owner of Kids First Childcare elaborated on her personal obstacles:

“I’m concerned for all of our financial well-being over the next year, we’re just facing some serious challenges with this … It’s been difficult. We are faced with a couple of challenges like our enrollment is still down based on everyone’s concerns and decisions to stay and work at home, and then our staffing had to be so much higher with lower ratios, extra cleaning and sanitation.”


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