With the first increase in the minimum wage set to rise to $10 an hour on July 1, ACNJ delivered a petition with more than 1,100 signatures, urging Governor Murphy and legislative leadership to take immediate action to increase the state child care subsidy investments, or risk centers serving fewer families, reducing staff hours or even closing their doors entirely.
“Child care workers have an enormous responsibility, nurturing and educating the children of New Jersey families. The additional compensation due to the minimum wage increase will be a tremendous lift for child care workers, but the reality is that providers will be unable to pay them without more state support. Higher wages for child care workers must come with higher state investment,” said Cecilia Zalkind, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) president and CEO.
At the news conference, ACNJ called for $19 million in additional child care subsidy funding to be included in the FY2020 state budget before the June 30 deadline.
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