FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2016
NYCHA, SBS, CITI, BOCNET, CDSC LAUNCH CHILDCARE BUSINESS PATHWAYS, CONNECTING PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS WITH RESOURCES AND TRAINING TO OPEN HOME-BASED CHILDCARE BUSINESSES
Program aims to streamline training and licensing process for in-home childcare centers, providing NYCHA residents with tutorials and tools for becoming successful business owners
In its first year, 40 participants will benefit from the free, 15-week business course
NEW YORK–– The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), Citi Community Development, Business Outreach Center Network (BOCNet) and Child Development Support Corporation (CDSC) today announced the launch of Childcare Business Pathways, a free 15-week program that will connect public housing residents with the resources, training, licenses, grants and supplies to launch home-based childcare businesses.
Childcare Business Pathways aims to streamline the training and licensing process for in-home childcare centers, as well as provide residents with the necessary education to become successful business owners. Program participants receive free training to complete the New York State childcare business application and to prepare their homes for the required Department of Health and Mental Hygiene inspections. They also get free safety training including first aid, CPR, and medication administration.
The free 15-week business course is administered by SBS, BOCNet and CDSC at NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES) in Brooklyn. NYCHA will launch the program on Monday, October 3rd, and enroll a total of 40 participants through next year.
Childcare Business Pathways builds on the successes of the Food Business Pathways program – one piece of the multi-partner “Doorways to Opportunity” initiative, announced last year and supported by Citi Community Development with $1.4 million in funding, which provides New York City public housing residents with access to employment opportunities, free financial counseling, and entrepreneurship training. Food Business Pathways has resulted in 72 new food businesses owned by public housing residents.
“Empowering residents to start and grow their own businesses is one part of NYCHA’s strategy to create more connected public housing communities,” said NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye. “This innovative collaboration will strengthen pathways to economic opportunity for residents while providing more safe, affordable childcare options for families across our city.”
“The Childcare Business Pathways Program is another example of how SBS is helping the City’s economy to thrive, by giving low and middle-income entrepreneurs the tools to build successful businesses in key economic sectors,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services. “Given the success of our Food Business Pathways program with NYCHA, we are excited to see this new program create a brand new team of professionals who will deliver an essential service to New York City’s families.”
“Citi is proud to collaborate with NYCHA, SBS and BOCNet to build a more inclusive city that empowers all its residents with greater economic opportunities,” said Eileen Auld, New York Tristate Director, Citi Community Development. “This program will support NYCHA communities by enabling entrepreneurial residents to launch new home-based businesses, growing their income while providing families with safe childcare.”
"The Childcare Business Pathways program has created a powerful set of resources and a collective approach to support both economic opportunity and quality home-based childcare,” said Nancy Carin, Executive Director of BOCNet. “Business Outreach Center Network (BOC) is proud to join NYCHA, SBS and Citi as a partner based upon our decade-long work supporting childcare business development in NYC."
“Child Development Support Corporation (CDSC) is proud to collaborate with NYCHA, SBS and CITI to implement the Childcare Business Pathway Program. CDSC will be providing comprehensive professional development, resources and technical assistance to prepare NYCHA’s residents to become child care business owners,” said Marcia Rowe-Riddick, Executive Director of CDSC. “Helping to increase the availability of quality child care throughout New York City and empowering individuals toward self-sufficiency have guided CDSC’s work with the child care community for over 40 years.”
"This new initiative seeks to improve access to economic opportunities for public housing residents, and can transform residents' lives. By giving NYCHA tenants the resources to start their own childcare businesses, Childcare Business Pathways can help bolster an entrepreneurial spirit and economic outcomes. I look forward to the program creating new business-savvy entrepreneurs that will contribute to the economy and their communities," said Council Member Ritchie Torres, Chair of the City Council Committee on Public Housing.
“Our best investment is in our own community. There are many talented, passionate, and caring individuals that can accomplish great things if given access to resources and guidance,” said Council Member Stephen Levin. “I applaud this collaborative approach among partners, both public and private, that has done, and will continue to do great things for our community.”
Connecting residents to quality workforce opportunities is a key strategy outlined in NextGeneration NYCHA, the Authority’s 10-year strategic plan. NYCHA residents have an average annual household income of $23,300 and many lack access to workforce, educational, and other services that would enable them to become “job-ready” and prepared to advance along career pathways. Through greater coordination with City agencies and community partners, NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability has been working to create innovative business development, training, and employment opportunities.
REES will host Childcare Business Pathways information sessions in October. NYCHA residents interested in participating should log onto www.opportunitynycha.org/childcare or call 718-289-8100 for more information.