SUFFERN - State lawmakers were in Suffern today as they outlined their plan to make day care more affordable for New York families.
Officials say New York has the highest day care costs in the country, with the average family paying $12,000 annually per child. Sens. Jeff Klein, Diane Savino and David Calucci are proposing nearly $200 million in day care subsidies. A total of $82 million will be restored to New York's child care block grant and another $100 million will be provided in additional funding.
Carlucci says that with extra funding, the program can expand access to day care to 15,000 additional parents as it increases the income limit of who qualifies for assistance.