WHAT IS ADVOCACY?
Advocacy is about conversations and partnership in Western New York and across New York State, all aimed at creating big, systemic change that empowers women and promotes gender equity. The WNY Women's Foundation is the leading women's advocacy organization for issues affecting women in our region.
In our work we take on the following roles:
We are a respected and trusted apolitical partner with a strong track record for building collaborations. We facilitate relationships between funders and community partners that address the changing societal needs of our most marginalized women. As a credible source of data and information, we center women's voices through an intersectional gender lens.
We drove $4.5M to Erie County to expand essential child care subsidies to help working parents. This reaches over 1,000 children and supports hundreds of women-owned child care businesses. The WNYWF provided leadership to a coalition that secured a record, transformational state investment in the child care workforce and businesses, and increased eligibility for financial assistance to parents.
We offered guidance for the Cornell ILR Cost of Erie County Child Care Reports, which quantified the payment gap for child care centers that accept child care subsidies. We then used this data to secure an increased payment rate for these mostly women-owned businesses, which serve our most economically disenfranchised families. We also offered additional advice for legislative hearings, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and state agency reports.
It is NYS Budget crunch time! We have reached a critical point with staffing shortages for child care centers across Western New York leaving 28,000 children without a child care option. Call your Assemblymember or Senator today to demand that they support the $889 million workforce ask. Click the button below to view the report that was released yesterday.
NEW YORK STATE MAKES SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN CHILD CARE IN THE 2022-23 STATE BUDGET
The final bills of the 2022-23 New York State Budget were released in the early hours of Saturday, April 9, 2022. Due to the tireless efforts of a broad-based and inclusive advocacy coalition - including the WNY Women's Foundation in a leadership role - the final budget includes significant new funds for child care, although not the $5 billion our coalition had pushed for.
The budget takes steps toward a system that provides sustainable compensation to child care providers and affordable, quality child care for more working families.