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Over the past 15 years, the number of Monroe County children benefiting from child care subsidies has fallen substantially. Today, we take a look at what that means from a business standpoint. It might seem crude, but it turns out there's a direct relationship between child care funding and the success of the local business community.

That subject is the specialty of Rob Grunewald, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He's in Rochester as a guest speaker, and he's one of our guests on Connections:

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ALBANY (AP) New York may allow the parents of young children to defer a piece of their state taxes to help cover the cost of child care.

The proposal was announced this past week by state Sen. Daniel Squadron and is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. The Brooklyn Democrat said in an interview that as the parent of young children, he understands the financial burden it can bring.

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Members of a coalition of local community and faith-based groups will be staging a rally outside the Monroe County Office Building this evening.

They're calling on all three candidates for county executive to pledge to double of the number of children who receive child care assistance.

The poor are getting poorer, and we see that reality through a set of new data focusing on families receiving child care subsidies. According to the Center for Governmental Research, families in Monroe County receiving child care subsidies have grown significantly poorer in recent years. Child care remains a huge expense. We'll look at day care costs, and how impoverished working families are trying to get by with our guests:

  • Erika Rosenberg, Center for Governmental Research
  • Larry Marx, executive director of The Children's Agenda
  • Katherine Smith, League of Women Voters
  • Amanda Gage, parent with children in day care

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Senator Rich Funke and Senator Joe Robach announce they have successfully advocated for additional funds to help families in Monroe County. As part of the 2015-2016 state budget, the county will receive $2.3 million toward child care subsidies. This money comes in addition to the funding the county receives through the state's Child Care Block Grant.

Funke says it is estimated this money will help an additional 375 children.

Connections: The Cost of Child Care

Nov 13, 2014

It’s no surprise that child care for struggling working families remains in short supply, but the exact numbers may surprise you. The Center for Governmental Research is out with a new study on just how much it costs, and what help is available. We’ll talk with CGR Project Director Erika Rosenberg, and Carolyn Lee Davis from The Children's Agenda.  Then we’ll hear from WXXI’s Michelle Faust about her coverage of the Affordable Care Act.

Coming Up On Connections: Thursday, November 13

Nov 13, 2014
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First Hour: Landing a probe on a comet; net neutrality

Second Hour: The cost of child care