Executive Director Kim Medina, Council President Linda McPherson, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Local 205 President Robert Ramos at the Medgar Evers Head Start Center in East New York, Brooklyn with children, members and community activists at the endorsement press conference.
NEW YORK ----- District Council 1707 endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio for a second term at the Medgar Evers Head Start Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The Mayor has fulfilled campaign promises to expand community-based child care in the five boroughs. While the gains have not repaired the damage that was caused by the Bloomberg Administration, it has been noted that there has been substantial differences from the previous administration.
“I appreciate that the Mayor has an involved interest in our children. He has expanded Universal Pre-K to care for the city's children. New York City is leading the nation to understand its necessity for our children and families. We have contracts for our child care locals and we look forward to even more gains in future,” said DC 1707 President Linda McPherson, a Head Start employee.
The press event was held at the Medgar Evers Head Start in Brownsville. The backdrop were the children, parents and community activists who demonstrated support for the Mayor and his child care initiatives including Universal Pre-K now expanding to include three year-olds in the Bronx and Brooklyn in a pilot program that begins soon.
“The Mayor has taken an unprecedented interest in our children and our city's future. It is not a campaign slogan. It is a commitment to the City's future for all families, including and poor and working class families. Without his vision, thousands of the city's families would be forced to pays astronomical fees for child care,” said Council Executive Director Kim Medina.
“DC 1707 is proud to endorse Bill de Blasio for Mayor of the City of New York” she said.
Medina led a discussion with the Mayor regarding future improvements for unionized child care employees. The Mayor understood that a stable unionized child care industry worked for children, parents and employees.
Both concluded that the future of center-based child care did not end with the ratified child care contracts.
“The view on developing unionized child care in New York City is evolving. The Day Care Council, the City of New York and the union must continue to discuss new ways to improve the lives of our members and do more to stabilize the industry to retain hard-working dedicated employees in the industry,” said Medina.