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FYI: The Administration for Children’s Services has retreated from a policy change that would have pushed 2,100 kids under the age of 3 out of the city’s childcare programs. In July, ACS sent letters to 56 childcare agencies alerting them that, in order to balance the books, no more than 40% of the system’s clients could be toddlers—the most expensive kids to serve. When advocates pointed out 65% of clients are younger than 3 years old, officials confessed they hadn’t realized so many would be affected. At Wednesday’s City Council General Welfare Committee hearing, Deputy Commissioner Harvey Newman said ACS isn’t instituting the policy after all, citing administrative snafus. [11/15/02]

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