Author: Jay Nichols

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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President Trump Proposes Elimination of Programs That Support Child Care

President Trump submitted his FY 2018 budget request to Congress. As expected, the President maintained his commitment to reducing all non-defense, discretionary programs by a total of $54 billion. However, his proposal includes cutting all federal support for two programs that are vital to low-income and working class communities; the 21st Century Community Learning Centers… Read more »

UPDATE: House withdraws ACA Repeal and Replace Legislation

UPDATED post: Last Friday afternoon, the House of Representatives withdrew a scheduled vote on H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017,” after it was very clear that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) did not have the votes for passage.  This came after a late-night deal of adding a provision to H.R. 1628… Read more »

Congressman Tom Price Confirmed as Next Secretary of Health and Human Services

Late last night, the Senate confirmed Georgia Congressman, Tom Price, as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a 52-47 party-line vote. Secretary Price will now oversee critical programs that support children and families including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Head Start. In addition, he will also be a key… Read more »

Senate Confirms Betsy DeVos

Earlier today, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, on a 51-50 vote with Vice-President Pence casting the deciding vote. This is the first time a sitting Vice-President has had to vote to confirm a cabinet nominee. Last month, Betsy DeVos had a very contentious nomination hearing with the Senate… Read more »

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Senators Introduce Bi-Partisan Legislation to Reform Child Care Tax Credits

Late last week, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the Promoting Affordable Care for Everyone (PACE) Act of 2017. The goal of the PACE Act is to make these tax credits more generous for working and low-income families and reflect the rising cost of child care. This legislation would update several Federal… Read more »

The 114th Congress Ends and President Obama Signs His Final Bills Into Law

During the late hours of December 9, the Senate avoided a government shutdown and approved H.R. 2028, a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the Federal government until April 28, 2017. CRs, which are used is the absence of a final budget bill, are funded at the same levels appropriated for the previous fiscal year (2016). In… Read more »

Obama Administration Releases Final ESSA Regulations

Earlier today, the Department of Education published the final regulations to implement the “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.”  The final ESSA regulations are designed to support states in maximizing their opportunities under the new law. The final regulations are categorized in the following manner: Accountability – A more comprehensive picture of school success;… Read more »

Administration Publishes New Early Learning Guidance

Yesterday, the Department of Education issued a non-regulatory guidance on the early learning opportunities in the “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.” The guidance does not include any required actions that state and local education agencies must follow, rather, suggested activities to help strengthen early learning programs. The guidance is summarized under three main… Read more »

Hillary Clinton Proposes Doubling the Child Tax Credit

Building on her plan to help working families gain access to child care and lift themselves out of poverty, the Democratic nominee for President, Hillary Clinton, proposed to expand the child tax credit for families living in poverty and families with children under the age of four who qualify. According to the Clinton campaign, up… Read more »

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