Recent News (UPDATED 8/8/2022)

 

PCANY TESTIFIES AT OPDV'S ALBANY LISTENING SESSION

Our own Maggie Dickson, Policy Assistant/HVCI Development Coordinator, testified  at OPDV's Albany Listening Session and shared our vision on approaching domestic and family violence. Here is her full testimony.

CONCERNING INFORMATION REGARDING OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

UPDATE: Thanks to our friends at Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky and the Kentucky State Police, this situation has been resolved.

 

Recently we were notified of a change to Facebook policies, which designate a disclaimer in the form of a pop-up message any time a user does a search that includes the keywords "child abuse." This includes when people search for our page, Prevent Child Abuse New York. It is a multi-step process that requires people to click three separate times to actually reach our page. As you can imagine, this gives us cause for concern from a marketing and communications standpoint, as well as a public perception standpoint.

We have discovered that this same issue faces other Prevent Child Abuse chapters, as well as Prevent Child Abuse America.

 

After consulting with Facebook, our current understanding is that this is a universal warning based on those keywords, which is intended to help victims of child sexual abuse get help or report the abuse. It is also intended to block access to illegal and graphic content involving children. They have informed us because of the universal nature of the disclaimer that there is nothing that can be done to change it.

 

We believe that the value of reaching communities through Facebook outweighs this inconvenience, but will continue working with other chapters and the national office to see if we can come up with a more acceptable solution. We plan on communicating this situation through all means to keep people informed and aware.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Wendi Brandow, Communications Specialist, at 518-508-3820. 

PCANY FEATURED ON THE BOARD CHECKUP WITH PROFESSOR YVONNE D. CAFIK, PhD.

 

"In this episode of THEBOARDCHECKUP, the focus is the Case for Board Performance Assessment to Prevent Child Abuse in New York State. Mr. Timothy Hathaway, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse New York, Dr. Vincent Palusci, Board Chair, and Mr. Zakhar Berkovich, Treasurer share their experience with the practice of performance assessment and how it helped the board and staff work more collaboratively as a team to advance the mission of preventing child abuse by building strong families and communities in New York State."

Listen to the Podcast here.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!  ASK YOUR SENATORS TO SUPPORT THE RISE FROM TRAUMA ACT.

Please help us launch a new, federal $4.8 billion grant program in support of community coalitions that are advancing trauma-informed and healing centered initiatives. It's called the RISE from Trauma Act!

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), along with U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), introduced the bipartisan legislation to increase support for children who have been exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma, including witnessing community violence, parental addiction, or abuse. The Resilience Investment, Support, and Expansion (RISE) from Trauma Act dramatically increases funding for community-based efforts to prevent and mitigate the impact of trauma, and expands training and workforce development efforts to support health care, education, social service, first responders, and community leaders to foster resilience and deliver services to heal the impact of trauma.

For more information on the Act, you can read the full release here.

We are mobilizing for mass engagement with this easy to use form! Please fill it out and share with others who might be interested.

CHILD ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS RELEASE LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE CHILD POVERTY REDUCTION ACT

 

The letter, signed by multiple child advocacy organizations, urges the Governor to sign and enact the Child Poverty Reduction Act, S.2755C/A.1160C without delay. This legislation would have New York’s leaders publicly declare their intent to cut child poverty in half in ten years, with attention to racial equity. The bill swept through the Legislature with near-unanimous upstate and downstate, rural, urban, and suburban support and bipartisan co-sponsorship. As New York mounts its recovery from the pandemic, this legislation will ensure that our children are centered in that recovery. 

READ THE FULL LETTER HERE

 

ESCCC AND WBNY STATEMENT: AT THE CLOSE OF LEGISLATIVE SESSION, EARLY CHILD ADVOCATES CELEBRATE CHILD CARE VICTORIES, BUT CAUTION THAT THE CHILD CARE SECTOR AND FAMILIES ARE STILL IN CRISIS

 

With New York State’s 2021 legislative session now complete, early childhood advocates claim several significant child care victories while urging further action to stabilize the system, address critical needs among parents, providers and the workforce; and begin to transformNew York child care. The Empire State Campaign for Child Care (ESCCC) and Winning BeginningNY (WBNY) applaud the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate for progress made to improve access to child care in NYS; and celebrate the many provider and advocacy groups across the state who made sure that legislators heard and understood the sacrifice and fragile state of this vital economic sector. ESCCC and WBNY also call attention to new statistics revealing how New YorkState failed to distribute the bulk of 2020 federal CARES Act child care funding, even as the state's child care system was breaking down. Looking ahead, ESCCC and WBNY will be calling for strict distribution deadlines, state hearings and a corrective plan of action to ensure new federal funding gets out quickly to those who need it most.

READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE

 

NEW YORK CHILD ADVOCACY AND HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS CELEBRATE THE PASSAGE OF THE NEW YORK CHILD POVERTY REDUCTION ACT

 

New York’s Legislature has voted overwhelmingly for the Child Poverty Reduction Act, a bill committing New York leaders to publicly set a goal of cutting child poverty in half in the next ten years and take immediate steps toward that goal. With the Governor’s signature, New York law will clearly signal that our state will no longer tolerate having two in five children living just above or in poverty.

 

READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE

REPORT RELEASED: STRENGTHENING THE INTERSECT BETWEEN HOME VISITING AND CHILD CARE PROGRAMS IN NEW YORK STATE

 

When it comes to services and supports for families with young children, there is often either a dearth or duplication. One reason for this is the distinction made between early childhood and maternal/child health. Instead of looking at the whole child, we look at their education and care needs versus their health and social-emotional needs. Then we further silo programs by funding mechanisms.

 

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE

STATEMENT OF EMPIRE STATE CAMPAIGN FOR CHILD CARE AND WINNING BEGINNING NY ON GOVERNOR'S RELEASE OF THE CHILD CARE AVAILABILITY TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS

Empire State Campaign for Child Care and Winning Beginning NY applaud the Governor’s Child Care Availability Task Force Recommendations released last week. The recommendations set forth a comprehensive, ambitious, and practical plan for New York to equitably expand access to high-quality child care to all New York families that need it, and to provide child care educators compensation and support reflective of the extraordinary value of their work. They present a consensus vision of the diverse government, business, child care, parent and advocacy leaders who made up the Task Force, arrived at after two years of active engagement and hard work by all.

READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE

LEGISLATIVE WIN TO BE CELEBRATED IN NEW YORK ON ACEs AWARENESS DAY APRIL 30TH, FEATURED IN PACES CONNECTION 

When advocates gather (virtually) to commemorate ACEs Awareness Day on April 30, there will be lots to celebrate—most specifically, the inclusion of language about ACEs in the FY 21-22 New York State budget (see attached document for the link to the budget and ACEs text).

It calls for mandated reporters to be educated about “ACEs, the importance of protective factors and the availability of services for children at risk for suffering from ACEs.” It also requires the Office of Child and Family Services to implement a statewide campaign to reach parents and others in positions to impact children and families.

See the full story at PACEs Connection.

STATEMENT OF EMPIRE STATE CAMPAIGN FOR CHILD CARE AND WINNING BEGINNING NY ON THE NYS FY 2021-2022 BUDGET

Empire State Campaign for Child Care and Winning Beginning NY applaud the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo for game-changing investments made in early care and education in the FY 2021-2022 Budget. Through the use of Federal funding from the American Rescue Plan and previous rounds of Federal stimulus funding, as well as a tax increase on the highest income New Yorkers, the FY 2021-2022 New York State Budget takes large steps to expand access to child care subsidies, decrease parent costs for child care, equalize subsidy eligibility requirements throughout the State and expand Universal Pre- Kindergarten.

See the full statement here.

HUGE BUDGET WIN FOR NEW YORK'S CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

PCANY is pleased to announce some very good State Budget news! Thank you to our legislative champions, organizational partners, and the Governor for:

 

Requiring all mandated reporters to take Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/Protective Factors (PF) training, along with training in implicit bias and how to identify child abuse virtually. In addition, the State Budget provides for the creation and dissemination of trauma-informed materials for pediatricians, educators, child care providers, and local social service staff to share with parents-and-

 

Adopting a transformative child care package that includes:

 

  • providing $1.26 billion in upfront stabilization grants to providers that can be used to increase wages and benefits for child care workers

  • increasing eligibility for child care subsidies to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) statewide while adding an additional 10,000 child care slots

  • capping child care co-payments to 10% of a family’s income over the FPL

  • reimbursing providers for 24 absences per child per year

  • ensuring 12 month eligibility for families in receipt of subsidies (increased from 6 months)

  • providing an additional $50 million in funding for existing facilitated enrollment child care providers in 6 regions of the state over the next 2 years

  • investing $100 million to build new child care capacity in areas of the state deemed to be child care deserts

  • providing child care scholarships for essential workers, 

  • investing in QUALITYstarsNY, and 

  • providing grants for supplies and PPE to providers.

 

  • Restoring all withholding on human services contracts, including Healthy Families NY.

  • Restoring funding for Advantage Afterschool. 

NYS LEGISLATORS CALL ON THE STATE TO ADDRESS ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACES) AND CHILDHOOD TRAUMA IN THE FY 2021-22 FINAL ENACTED STATE BUDGET  

New York State legislators joined experts in childhood trauma and advocates on 3/18/2021 to urge New York State to include language in the final budget to address the dramatic increase in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Childhood Trauma experienced by
hundreds of thousands of New York’s children as a result of the shelter in place order New York State imposed as a response to COVID-19.

See the full text of the release here.

PREVENT CHILD ABUSE NEW YORK TESTIMONIES FROM JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET HEARINGS ON HUMAN SERVICES, HEALTH, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Jenn O'Connor, Director of Policy and Advocacy, recently testified at the Joint Legislative Budget Hearings on Human Services, Health, and Economic Development.  

Follow the links below for full transcripts of her testimony:

Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Human Services

Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Health

Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Economic Development

RAISING NEW YORK RELEASES FINDINGS OF PARENTING DURING CORONAVIRUS FOLLOW-UP POLL

Raising New York recently released the findings of a 2021 follow-up poll regarding families and the pandemic. Their key findings are below. To read the full report, click on the link at the bottom.

"HERE ARE FOUR KEY FINDINGS THAT highlight the critical need for state leaders to act quickly to support families of infants and toddlers The pandemic continues to be disruptive to parents and families. Parents are concerned about the long-term impact of the pandemic on their children and families. Parents report disruptions to schooling, work, and careers and are using more federal, state, and local supports to keep their family afloat. There is overwhelming support for increased investment in high-quality, affordable infant and toddler care and other supports that will provide much needed relief to families."

See the full report here.