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PROMISE NYC: Childcare assistance for undocumented families

12.22.2022 | Amsterdam News | The timing of the Promise NYC childcare program will certainly help newly arrived asylum seekers find stable housing and employment, but it’s been a long awaited change for many. 

“Before this announcement, children who were undocumented did not have access to childcare, meaning they were shut out of some of the city’s childhood education programs,” said Policy Director for Advocates for Children of New York Randi Levine. “It predates this influx of asylum seekers.” 

Undocumented children and others were ineligible for existing programs due to restrictive federal immigration rules, namely the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, said Levine. Read article