Latest Child Care Funding News
On February 9, 2016, President Barack Obama released his final budget blueprint for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017.
Every year, the President submits a budget blueprint to Congress outlining their annual spending priorities. After the budget is submitted, Congress follows by, if agreed upon, proposing and passing their budget resolutions. If Congress can reconcile a budget resolution between the two Chambers, the appropriators in both the Senate and the House of Representatives are then required to pass 12 Appropriations (spending) bills annually funding the government through the current and/or next fiscal year, using the budget resolution as a guideline.
About Child Care Appropriations and Budget
Child care funding is contained in the annual Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations bill. Child care funding is used to make child care more affordable for low income families and also improve the quality of child care (i.e., child care funding is used for training the workforce, Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to assist families in finding child care and helping parents to understand what questions to ask providers when looking for child care, state quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), inspections and monitoring, and other activities designed to improve the quality of child care and assist families in finding child care).