For far too long, lack of accessible childcare has been a systemic barrier to workforce participation and social mobility for women,
especially women of color, and low-income New York City families. In 2020, the pandemic exposed how critical childcare is to a thriving
economy in New York City and beyond. Women faced both disproportionate job loss and a dramatic increase in caregiving hours,
reversing decades of progress in labor force participation. Affordable, accessible childcare is essential to recovering from the pandemic and to being a resilient, equitable city. It’s time for real change, and we’re ready to make it.
Check out our op-ed in the New York Daily News: To revive NYC, invest in childcare.
NYCEDC Research: A crisis for working women and mothers
76% of parents worry about having a family in NYC, and almost half have considered moving to afford care.
In NYC, moms working fulltime experience a wage gap of 86 cents/dollar earned by non-mothers, while dads earn $1.03/dollar earned by non-fathers.
Over 90% of childcare workers are women, mostly women of color and immigrants; 25% live in poverty and 53% qualify for childcare subsidies.
In early 2021, 519,000 people in the New York Metro area were not seeking paid work due to caring for a child at home.
The Childcare Innovation Lab
1 Leading research about the effect of childcare on NYC's economy and families;
2 Working with NYC employers and fellow government agencies to catalyze public-private collaboration and innovation that can expand accessible, affordable, quality childcare solutions and support working women and families
Benefits for Business
Employee absences decrease by up to 30% and vacancies are filled faster and with better qualified applicants.
Companies see increased gender diversity and more women advancing to leadership positions.