Category: Congress

5 Reasons the Reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Matters

The Senate will consider the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) as early as next week. As you know, this federal law outlines how child care funding and quality initiatives are funded in the states –yet it has not been reauthorized in over 17 years, making the Senate debate next week one… Read more »

New Farm Bill Hurts Children, Vulnerable

President Obama signed a $956 billion farm bill into law last Friday, the first farm bill passed by Congress since 2008. The bill is being hailed by many as an historic bi-partisan victory. Unfortunately, to the victor, go the spoils. What’s the farm bill? The farm bill establishes food and agriculture policy for the United… Read more »

Congress Hears Call for Action, House and Senate Hold Hearings on Early Learning

House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing: “As we examine the current federal early childhood education and care system this morning, my Republican colleagues and I believe we should discuss opportunities to streamline the mountain of existing federal programs, reduce regulatory burdens, and improve transparency to make it easier for providers and parents to understand… Read more »

From Rhetoric to Reality: Inspiring the Nation to Action

Steeped in history and required by the United States Constitution, the President is required “from time to time” to give the Congress information about the State of the Union and to recommend for their consideration measures he deems “necessary and expedient.” It’s more than a great speech- it is an opportunity to focus the nation… Read more »

Mikulski and Rogers Unveil Omnibus Spending Bill for FY2014

Senate Appropriations Chair Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and House Appropriations Chair Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) introduced an Omnibus Spending bill for Fiscal Year 2014 on Monday night, searching for an end to years of partisan budget battles and averting another government shutdown.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 consolidates the 12 appropriations bills into a… Read more »

Congress Set to Pass Spending Bill with Investments for Early Learning

Wednesday, Congress will begin voting on a spending bill that includes investments in early childhood education. Late Monday night, Senate Appropriations Chair Senator Barbara Mikulski and House Appropriations Chair Representative Hal Rogers announced an agreement on a spending bill that will fund the government through September 30, 2014. The spending bill consolidates the 12 appropriations bills… Read more »

Bi-Partisan Budget Deal Passes Out of House, Moves to Senate

Last night, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a two-year bipartisan budget deal 332-94, reducing the likelihood of another government shutdown and setting the stage for Senate action, expected next week.  The agreement, crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) sets discretionary spending for two years and replaces a second round… Read more »

Child Care Provider Reacts to Cost of Care Report

Child Care Aware® of America’s Parents and the High Cost of Care: 2013 Report received a huge reaction from the media – more than 250 references in the news, reaching an estimated 2 million readers and viewers. In the report we noted child care is one of the lowest paying professional fields and one of… Read more »

Harkin, Miller, Hanna Propose Strong Start for America’s Children Act

Today, Congress sent a clear message to the nation. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congressman George Miller (D-CA) introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013 in the Senate and House, respectively. Flanked by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and actress Jennifer Garner, Harkin and Miller introduced the bill before… Read more »

Congress Must Act to Mitigate Impact of Shutdown on Families

We are more than two weeks into the federal government “shutdown.” The negative consequences of the shutdown for children and families across the country are very real. Essentially, when the new fiscal year began on October 1, there was no money for most programs that have to be funded annually by Congress. This partial shutdown… Read more »

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