City Council Members Slam Mayor Bloomberg's Budget Cuts to Nyc Day Care Programs

Furious City Council members on Thursday blasted the Bloomberg administration’s plan to slash day care for thousands of kids and put others in inferior programs.

Mayor Bloomberg has proposed eliminating 5,000 spots for after-schools programs and moving an additional 10,500 similar slots for low-income children from local community programs to the Department of Youth and Community Development’s cheaper Out-of-School Time program.

Those “draconian” cuts will leave thousands of kids with no place to go when the exit bell rings, city lawmakers contend.

“The administration should be ashamed of themselves. They don’t care about child care,” fumed Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield at a heated hearing.

He and other lawmakers argue it will be impossible for many parents to transfer their children to the DYCD centers, which are located further from local community day care providers.

In all, DYCD is scheduled to eliminate 28 percent of its youth and summer job programs, from approximately 195,000 spots in 2010 to 140,000 this fiscal year. That includes 28,000 spots from its school based community center Beacon program.

“That is utterly unacceptable,” said Council Youth Services Committee Chairman Lew Fidler.

Some parents will be forced to quit their jobs in order to take care of their children right after school, he added.

The cuts would save the city an estimated $6.1 million this year.

Last year, funding was restored for the majority of after-school spots by the City Council as part of a last-minute budget deal.

“That is utterly unacceptable,” said Council Youth Services Committee Chairman Lew Fidler.

Some parents will be forced to quit their jobs in order to take care of their children right after school, he added.

The cuts would save the city an estimated $6.1 million this year.

Last year, funding was restored for the majority of after-school spots by the City Council as part of a last-minute budget deal.

Last year, funding was restored for the majority of after-school spots by the City Council as part of a last-minute budget deal.

“That is utterly unacceptable,” said Council Youth Services Committee Chairman Lew Fidler.

Some parents will be forced to quit their jobs in order to take care of their children right after school, he added.

The cuts would save the city an estimated $6.1 million this year.

Last year, funding was restored for the majority of after-school spots by the City Council as part of a last-minute budget deal.Last year, funding was restored for the majority of after-school spots by the City Council as part of a last-minute budget deal.

“That is utterly unacceptable,” said Council Youth Services Committee Chairman Lew Fidler.

Some parents will be forced to quit their jobs in order to take care of their children right after school, he added.

The cuts would save the city an estimated $6.1 million this year.

Last year, funding was restored for the majority of after-school spots by the City Council as part of a last-minute budget deal.

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