Business and Community

“Every Child, Quality Care”

Nearly 12 million children under age 5 spend an average of 36 hours per week in child care. A child’s brain develops 80% by age three and 90% by age five, therefore early care and learning is of the utmost importance. The quality of the care a child receives during this time can have a lifelong effect.

The Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project develops, coordinates, strengthens and assists child care programs, offers parents free and confidential referrals for child care, and advocates for services for all children and their families. 

JLCP supports state and national child care public policy initiatives and is a member of Child Care Aware of America (formerly NACCRRA) and the Early Care and Learning Council, and follows Winning Beginning NY.  Links to these organizations are listed on this page under Advocacy.

Annual Child Care Report

Protecting Children

Child Abuse Hotline provides information about what to do if you have concerns for the safety of a child.  

Advocacy

Why Should Employers Care?

New York State Fact Sheet

Docs for Tots Young children’s doctors have the potential to be a critical resource to policymakers and to early childhood advocates. They are among society’s most trusted messengers and can add a critical voice to your efforts. We encourage you to connect with Docs for Tots to learn how to engage doctors as public champions in your advocacy efforts.

Child Care Aware of America  Child Care Aware® of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. 

Winning Beginning NY is a statewide coalition working to inform policy makers and the public about the many benefits of early care and learning including home visiting, child care and Pre-K. The coalition aims to build a broad-based constituency to make investment in quality early care and learning a top public priority in New York State. Winning Beginning Issues

The Early Care & Learning Council has been working to make quality, affordable child care available to New York’s families since 1975. Rooted in a statewide network of child care resource and referral agencies, the support of the Early Care & Learning Council includes wide representation from child care providers, parents, businesses, community organizations, and other individuals!  ECLC Policy and Advocacy

The Raising of America

What is QualityStarsNY?

It’s Our Business

Online Resources

Office of Children and Family Services The New York State Office of Children and Family Services provides a range of resources to help parents with their child care needs, people who want to start or are currently running child care programs, and anyone with a concern about the health or safety of a child in a day care program.

Child Care Aware® of America works with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to quality, affordable child care. They lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake groundbreaking research, and advocate for child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.

Region 7 Economic Development CouncilNew York State has been working to develop regional identities and strategies. Information about the strategic planning process for the Economic Development of the North Country, and the expected effect on small businesses (including child care providers), and job creation is available on the North Country website.

Winning Beginning NY is a statewide coalition working to inform policy makers and the public about the many benefits of early care and learning including home visiting, child care and Pre-K. The coalition aims to build a broad-based constituency to make investment in quality early care and learning a top public priority in New York State.

The Council for Professional Recognition promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children aged birth to 5 years old.