A shortage of quality childcare and early childhood education are increasingly seen as a drag on New York’s economy. Too often, parents must choose between a paycheck and a safe, secure and enlightening place for their kids. And businesses can suffer when they can’t find and keep the workers they need. In late August, a summit on affordable, quality childcare and early childhood education was conducted WSKG’s Vestal studios. It including a panel discussion involving business executives, activists, educators, and government leaders. Hosted by Charles Compton of WSKG News, they concluded early childhood education and affordable childcare are not optional.