Due to a recent system error, Westchester County notified all providers contracted with the county that they were overpaid. The County is seeking reimbursement from small child care businesses ranging in amounts from $10,000 to $50,000 without providing a detailed accounting to these small business owners so they can assess the accuracy of the County's claim.
The lack of detail coming from officials leaves them wondering what were they paid for and how can they be sure that the bill received from the county is correct. Complicating matters and sowing the distrust is their recent experience with a previous system error that had them underpaid and the County refused to pay retroactively for services delivered.
Providers are committed to delivering quality child care to Westchester Counties many working parents. In the last few years, they have not been able to rely on the county to work with them to improve access to affordable child care in Westchester. Many work long hours, including evening and weekends. Working families, including those with non-traditional and changing work schedules, know they can count on them to nurture and teach their children and to support them as they strive to balance work and parenting.
CSEA/VOICE Local 100A successfully partnered with the Office of Children and Family Services and DSS agencies across the state to make the child care subsidy system work better in several counties. This leaves providers wondering why not Westchester? Providers maintain they need to work together to solve problems for working families in Westchester County.