Author: Jay Nichols

New Bill Would Make Affordable Child Care a Reality for All Families

Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the “Child Care for Working Families Act of 2017.”  This legislation would greatly assist millions of families in gaining access to quality and affordable care. Child care plays an important role in the economy, helping to generate 15 million jobs and more than $500… Read more »

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Bill That Protects Funding for Child Care

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. Unlike the House version, the Senate bill does not propose any spending cuts to programs that support child care including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and the Child Care Access Means Parents in School… Read more »

House Appropriations Committee Proposes Funding Increase for CCDBG Next Year

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Bill, and it included a proposed $4 million increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), roughly $2.86 billion for FY 2018. In addition, Head Start would receive $9.275 billion, a increase of $22 million from this… Read more »

UPDATE – Senate Unveils Draft Health Care Repeal Legislation

Earlier today, the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), released a third version of the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA),” that would change or eliminate major provisions of the federal health care law. Despite efforts made by Majority Leader McConnell to secure enough votes for passage, the latest version of BCRA would still fundamentally… Read more »

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Senators Introduce Bi-Partisan Legislation Giving Military Families More Child Care Support and Flexibility

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) recently introduced legislation that would help provide more child care support and flexibility to military families. The “Availability of Child Care for Every Servicemember and Spouse (ACCESS) Act of 2017” would apply to child care facilities on military bases and installations, as well as community providers. Today,… Read more »

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President Sends Budget Request to Congress

Today, President Trump released his detailed FY 2018 budget request, which is a follow up from his “skinny budget” published in March. While the President’s request includes proposals that could benefit a number of families, it would be devastating for most low-income and working class parents and their children. The President’s budget request would severely… Read more »

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House Passes Legislation That Could Put Access to Health Care for Millions of Children and Families At Risk

On May 4, the House of Representatives barely passed H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017,” on a party-line vote. H.R. 1628 would replace the “Affordable Care Act of 2010,” and if enacted into law, it could result in more than 20 million people losing access to health insurance, as well as millions… Read more »

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Child Care Programs Fare Very Well in Budget Agreement

Earlier this week, Congress and the Administration agreed to a FY 2017 omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal government through September 30. The bill, which is expected to pass and be signed into law in the next couple of days, includes nearly $5 billion in new funding for early education and health programs…. Read more »

Trumps Tax Plan Fall Short of the Child Care Support Families Desperately Need

This week, the Trump Administration released a broad tax proposal to Congress which includes expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) with the possibility of making it refundable. Child Care Aware® of America appreciates the Administration’s efforts to help families afford and have access to child care. However, as an organization committed to… Read more »

CCAoA Holds Child Care Briefing on Capitol Hill. Watch now.

Did you miss our child care policy briefing on March 23, 2017 for Congressional staffers on the issue of child care? Visit our Facebook page to see a recording of the live coverage. Approximately 45 congressional staffers attend the event when CCAoA discussed the state of public investments in child care and early childhood development… Read more »

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