Buffalo Next: New State and Federal Grants to Add On-Campus Child Care at SUNY Schools |

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How will child care funding help Western New York?

The grants are intended to help provide child care services to students, teachers, and community members, help train future child care professionals, and create a long-term plan for new ones. centers on campuses that do not have daycare.

At the University at Buffalo, Elizabeth Cercone, executive director of the UB Child Care Center, said UB received $216,000 which she immediately used to raise the salaries of 50 child care staff at North and South Campuses. ‘UB.

“We all know staffing shortages are a problem because pay is a problem,” Cercone said. “Thanks to this grant, I was able to raise the starting wage of my child care assistants from minimum wage ($13.20 an hour) to $15 to $17 an hour and increase the wages of our lead teachers from $20 to $22 per hour. »

“I had head teachers who had worked here for years and made $15 an hour, and I was able to bump them up to $22 an hour,” she added. “For some people, it’s an increase of $15,000 a year. I had a member of staff say, “I’m never going anywhere, thank you!” And that’s exactly what we want.

Paid internships = future employees

A second phase of grants will allocate $500,000 to SUNY Early Childhood Worker Paid Internships, to enable campus child care centers to hire approximately 140 graduate students in early childhood studies as paid interns. The scholarships will help meet the demand for more child care support while providing students with hands-on experience in early childhood education.

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