Category: Congress


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 »


Child Care Programs Receive Proposed Funding Levels for Next Year

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee released the draft FY 2017 Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education spending bill. This appropriations bill is the source of funding for the vast majority of federal child care and early child development programs. The Committee is expected to consider, and likely pass, this bill late next week. Overall,… Read more »


Speaker Paul Ryan’s Task Force Publishes Anti-Poverty Plan

Earlier this week, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI), unveiled his much anticipated anti-poverty plan. The proposal, titled “A Better Way,” addresses federal programs that assist low-income families including TANF, SNAP, and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. In addition, the plan includes ideas on expanding access to 401(k)s for small businesses, and promoting access… Read more »

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A Day on the Hill: How We Let Congress Know That Child Care Works

On Wednesday April 6, hundreds of advocates for child care stormed the Hill to represent the millions of people across this country who need quality, affordable child care. This was a part of Child Care Aware® of America’s national 2016 Symposium. Attendees were fired up in the morning by former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, who gave an impassioned speech and… Read more »


House Budget Committee Approves FY 2017 Budget Resolution

Yesterday, the House Budget Committee approved the FY 2017 budget resolution and, as expected, the resolution proposed draconian cuts to domestic, non-defense programs, including those supporting millions of children. A congressional budget resolution serves as a blueprint for the appropriations process, which is expected to begin later this spring. The resolution includes various proposals on… Read more »


Congresswomen Introduce Campus Child Care Legislation

Earlier today, Congresswomen Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Katharine Clark (D-MA) introduced the “Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) Improvement Act of 2016.” CCAMPIS is the only federal program that supports child care services on college campuses for low-income parents, and services are provided year-round. According to numerous studies, the number of parents attending… Read more »


Congresswomen Clark and Fudge Build Support for More Funding for Child Care in FY 2017

Congresswomen Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) recently drafted a “Dear Colleague” letter that seeks increased investment in FY 2017 for Federal programs that support child care and early education with the intention of helping working families.  Specifically, Congresswomen Clark and Fudge are matching President Obama’s priorities for the following programs: Funding the Child… Read more »


President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget: Big Investments in Child Care and Early Education

Earlier today, President Barack Obama released his final budget request to Congress for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017. As he did with last year’s request, President Obama’s budget reaffirms his commitment to help families gain access to high-quality child care and early education. President Obama’s FY 2017 budget proposes $82 billion in mandatory CCDF spending over… Read more »


Child Nutrition Reauthorization In Reach

Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing to markup the “Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016” a bill that reauthorizes and amends the child nutrition portion of the National School Lunch Act (NSLA). Child care providers across the country depend on federal funding to feed children in early care and education settings…. Read more »


Deal Reached on Federal Budget

Late last night, House Speaker, Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that a deal was reached on the FY 2016 budget and unveiled a $1.15 trillion spending bill that would fund the government thru September 30, 2016. This bi-partisan bill includes very favorable funding levels for programs that support low-income children and their families and early education,… Read more »

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