The Westchester Children’s Association and the Child Care Council of Westchester will ask members of the Board of Legislators and County Executive Rob Astorino to sign a pledge to keep the share of costs for parents in the county’s subsidized child care programs at 20 percent of income above the poverty line. Astorino has proposed raising it to 35 percent in the 2013 budget.
The groups and their supporters will hold a press conference Thursday at 10 a.m. at Martine and Court streets in White Plains.
Westchester’s child care programs have been a source of conflict between the legislators and Astorino over several years. Earlier this year the commissioner of the Department of Social Services moved to raise the parent share to 35 percent but was temporarily blocked by the courts after Democratic legislative leaders filed a lawsuit. DSS officials argued the Board of Legislators hadn’t put enough money into the program in the 2012 budget to keep the parent share at 20 percent but the legislators disputed the numbers.
Legislators and their staff are now working with DSS and budget officials to get a number everyone agrees on for 2013. Democrats have proposed keeping a 20 percent share and Republicans have proposed 27 percent.