Author: Nick Vucic

President Obama Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal

On February 2, 2015, President Barack Obama released his budget blueprint for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2016.  Following on commitments announced during the recent State of the Union, President Obama’s budget proposal includes new initiatives and funding proposals designed to improve “access to high-quality child care and early education.” During the State of the Union… Read more »

BREAKING: President Obama Announces Landmark Child Care Proposal

Fresh off the State of the Union, President Obama visited Kansas University today and announced a landmark proposal to help all working families with young children afford child care.

Quality, Affordable Child Care Highlighted in President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union

Last night, President Barack Obama made child care a front and center issue in his State of the Union address. The need for quality child care was the first issue mentioned by the President in addressing ways to move America forward. Our most recently released Parents and the High Cost of Child Care Report reveals… Read more »

ACF Announces Preliminary Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grantees

From the Department of Health and Human Services: “HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) today announced preliminary winners for its Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships grants to improve the quality of existing child care programs and expand access to high-quality care for infants and toddlers. Thus far, 234 preliminary selected grant applicants in 49 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico… Read more »

Appropriators Release Spending Bill for Fiscal Year 2015 (CRomnibus Edition)

Tonight, Senator Mikulski and Rep. Hal Rogers announced a spending agreement for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015.  See the excerpt from the official summary released by the appropriators below for early childhood programs: “The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee today released highlights of the fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations bill, “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015,”… Read more »

CCDBG Moving Forward – Helpful Resources on the New Law

With the signing of S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 into law, now the focus will shift to ensuring that those across the country which these changes will directly impact, are aware of when and how this law will affect them. In order to assist states and child care resource… Read more »

BREAKING: President Obama Signs CCDBG Reauthorization Bill into Law

Today, President Barack Obama signed S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 into law. The legislation most recently passed the United States Senate by a vote of 88-1 on Monday, November 17, 2014 following a multi-year process taking the bill through both the Senate and the House of Representatives.  In June… Read more »

BREAKING: Congress Sends Bi-Partisan Child Care Bill to President

For the first time in 18 years, Congress has passed CCDBG Reauthorization, as the bill now awaits President Obama’s signature to become law. Today, the Senate voted to pass S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 led by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Richard Burr… Read more »

CCDBG Roundup: Everything you need to know for Thursday

For the first time in 18 years, the U.S. Senate will have the opportunity to pass a reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant program, the primary federal program that provides assistance for families for child care, containing measures to improve the quality of child care nationwide. On Thursday, November 13th, the U.S…. Read more »

The Fight for Quality Child Care Continues in November (CCDBG Reauthorization Update)

Friday, September 12, 2014, House and Senate leaders reached a bipartisan agreement to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. Negotiated by Representatives John Kline (R-MN), George Miller (D-CA), Todd Rokita (R-IN), and David Loebsack (D-IA), and Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Richard Burr (R-NC), the agreement… Read more »

Child Care Aware of America

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