Deja-Vu Redux

My October 29, 2013, op-ed posted here discussed the hardships caused by New York City's decision -- scheduled to be implemented on November 1, 2013 -- to terminate all general liability, worker's compensation, disability and fidelity bond insurance coverage for City-subsidized child care providers, and to impose those costs on the providers.

On October 31, the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) announced that it was delaying the implementation date until December 1, 2013, but just for the organizations that had not already obtained the required insurance. This postponement clearly confirmed, as noted in the op-ed, that ACS's decision to shift the insurance costs to the providers would have an adverse impact on parents and children. Indeed, the ACS memo states that the delay was necessary to "avoid a disruption of services to New York City's children and families."

Unfortunately, this 30-day delay only applies to a limited number of child care agencies, and does not address the underlying problem. A non-profit child care provider that could not afford the insurance on November 1 won't magically be able to afford the insurance on December 1, and so the specter of ACS forcing the shut-down of multiple centers (and leaving parents and children without services) still looms.