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Take action on one of Child Care Aware® of America’s campaigns to strengthen the quality of child care. Learn more about Child Care Aware® of America’s Public Policy Agenda and how we intend to improve the system of child care in the United States.

You can make a difference in the lives of children and families by contacting your elected officials using our easy digital action center. And stay up to date on the issues and get immediate calls to action by subscribing to our bi-weekly legislative newsletter, Capitol Connection!

With your help we can work to improve the quality, affordability, and availability of child care so that all children can start school ready to learn.

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Senate Health Care Bill Puts Up To 30 Million Children at Risk

The Senate just released information on the new Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), meant to repeal and replace provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicaid covers nearly 40% of all children in the U.S., 76% of children from low-income households, and 60% of all children with disabilities. It also covers about half of all births in the country. The recently released draft legislation from the Senate could result in nearly 30 million children at risk with drastic cuts to Medicaid over the next ten years.

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FY 2018 Budget: Protect Programs Serving Children And Families, Don’t Cut Them

The working version of the budget currently includes cuts to programs like the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), campus child care, and nutrition programs – all of which help working families and children. The current plan also includes flat funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which means some families will lose child care subsidies so that the state can use current funding on implementation of new regulations at the state level.

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Increase Funding for CCDBG in FY 2018

The recent deal in Congress gave some additional funding to early childhood and health programs through FY 2017, but it’s still not enough to cover implementation of CCDBG for states. Ask your elected officials to fully fund CCDBG implementation with an additional $1.4 billion above FY 2017 so no child loses access to child care.

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