Child Care Council of Suffolk Executive Director Jennifer Marino Rojas has been named by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve on the Child Care Availability Task Force.
Established earlier this year as part of the Governor’s 2018 Women’s Agenda, the task force assembles a group of experts focused on developing innovative solutions that will improve access to quality, affordable child care in New York.
“I am honored to be serving on the Governor’s Child Care Availability Task Force,” Rojas, a resident of Centerport, said. “Access to affordable child care is essential for the economic security of Long Island’s working families, and the well-being of all of our children. This is an opportunity to implement innovative and comprehensive changes that will meaningfully and equitably expand access to the thousands of New York families that need it,”
The task force held its first meeting on December 13, 2018. “Every parent should be able to go to work without worrying if their children are getting the care they deserve,” Governor Cuomo said. “Affordable and high-quality child care is not only vital for working families, it’s also essential to strengthening our state’s economy and by continuing to create these opportunities for parents to succeed in both work and family life we are building a stronger New York for all.”
The task force will examine access to affordable child care, the availability of child care for parents with non-traditional work hours, statutory and regulatory changes that could promote or enhance access to child care, business incentives to increase child care access, and the impact on tax credits and deductions relating to child care. The task force is expected to share its initial recommendations with the administration next year and finalize its report by the end of 2020.