I will assist families with the “Daycare Dilemma” in Tompkins County. There is a massive shortage of daycare options available in Tompkins County. Most of the local daycare centers have waitlists that start at three months and go up to a year before there is space available.
Many of the local daycares have rates that exceed the cost of $1,900 for infant care! For most people in Tompkins County this is not sustainable.
Family and Home daycares are few in our area and they also have waitlists.
If elected I will work to provide access to more daycare options at an affordable cost to residents. This can be done by recruiting more individuals to become home and family daycare providers.
There is also a need for expansion of existing childcare operations to Ithaca or assisting with a new center in the area.