They may not be massive, but the weekly one-man marches around City Hall have been effective in exposing the many flaws of the mayor’s childcare policies.
Tuesday, for the second week in a row, Raglan George, executive director of AFSCME District Council 1707, which represents many of the city’s childcare and Head Start employees, marched on City Hall.
His purpose was “to tell Mayor Bloomberg to stop his attacks on early childhood education and work to improve the lives of New York's most vulnerable citizens.”
Members of his union, as well as parents and children marched with him on the Broadway side of City Hall.
The marchers, George said, will return every week to let everybody know about the multiple problems with the mayor’s Early Learn program which he believes is “a dishonest response to ‘fix’ New York City’s childcare which was not broken in the first place.”
The first march happened Oct. 1, the day Early Learn became effective, and Raglan was joined by New York City Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez; Tammi Miller, Home Day Care Provider director for the United Federation of Teachers and City Council members Gail Brewer and Robert Jackson.
“Fewer children are being serviced and parents are anxious about their children’s care because the Early Learn plan simply does not work,” George said. “Centers that should be open are not; the city’s Administration for Children Services refuses to answer questions on the selection process of centers and safe, quality and affordable childcare for thousands of New York’s children is in jeopardy because of bad policy decisions by this administration.”