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Local 205 Day Care Employees

Important Resources for DC 37, Local 205

Robert Ramos

Telephone Number
(212) 219-0022

Who We Are
Since its founding and signing its first contract in 1967, this local’s 6,000 members work in more than 350 early education and child care centers located throughout New York City. This local has been the bulwark for quality affordable child care. Day care members, through their dedication and expertise, have elevated the New York system into a showcase for the nation.

Early education and day care advocates cite New York’s system as an example of the advantages of unionized child care.

Few locals in the city can boast of a comparable record of legislative/political mobilization. Demonstrations by Local 205 members have numbered in the thousands as members as well as parents have never failed to respond to threats against city’s vital early education and day care system. This mobilization has won legislation and increased funding throughout the state. Members were instrumental also in securing passage of the Act for Better Child Care which increased federal spending and resources for child care throughout the nation.

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We Work As
Early Childhood Education Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Professional Support Staff.

We Work In
Early Education and Child Care centers in New York City.

Early Childhood Career Ladder
Local 205, CSA and the Day Care Council of New York are committed to providing the highest quality of early childhood care and education. We are excited to announce the launch of the Early Childhood Career Ladder (ECCL) program this fall. The collective bargaining agreement between New York City, Local 205, CSA, and the Day Care Council of New York (DCCNY) includes $2.5 million in funding for ECCL. The Early Childhood Career Ladder Program (ECCL) seeks to strengthen the quality of care children receive by increasing the number of certified professionals in New York City’s early childhood education system. The goal of the ECCL program is to provide financial support for eligible individuals who want to advance their careers professionally by continuing their education.

If you are interested in the Local 205 -DCCNY ECCL program, please call (212) 206-7818.

Local 205 Union members who are ready to register for the program should email Marcia Hunte, Education Director at

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Lisa Caswell, Senior Policy Analyst at or Mai Miksic, Senior Research Analyst at or call (212) 206-7818.

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