Category: Congress

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 »

Election Debrief: Child Care Advocacy in the Trump Administration

Last week, Child Care Aware® of America’s policy team hosted a webinar that provided a debrief on the 2016 election. The presentation included details on key staff for the incoming Trump Administration, the breakdown of the membership of the 115th Congress, and the results of numerous elections at the state level. Our team also reviewed… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America to Host Facebook Live Panel with Advocates on Election Results and What’s Next for Child Care

Child Care Aware® of America is hosting a Facebook Live panel discussion on November 29 at 9 a.m. EST to talk with parents about the new landscape after the presidential election and what you can do to make child care is a priority. The panel will include compelling personal stories from three families who are… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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