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Michael Bloomberg's Budget Proposal Elicits Protest From Campaign For Children

A coalition of more than 150 New York organizations, ranging from the Police Athletic League to the Children's Aid Society, have signed a letter urging Mayor Michael Bloomberg to restore $170 million for children's services to his proposed budget.

The coalition, called the Campaign for Children, is asking the mayor to make sure that his budget includes funding for some 47,000 child care and after-school slots currently bound for the trash bin. The letter notes that funding for child care and after-school programs has declined each year since 2009. As a result, the city's subsidized child care and after-school systems serve 43,000 fewer children than they did five years ago.

If the proposed cuts stand, the letter warns, an additional 47,000 children will miss out on those programs. "This would mean that in five short years, more than 90,000 children will have been left without care," the letter continues.


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