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Take action on one of Child Care Aware® of America’s campaigns to strengthen the quality of child care. Learn more about Child Care Aware® of America’s Public Policy Agenda and how we intend to improve the system of child care in the United States.

You can make a difference in the lives of children and families by contacting your elected officials using our easy digital action center. And stay up to date on the issues and get immediate calls to action by subscribing to our bi-weekly legislative newsletter, Capitol Connection!

With your help we can work to improve the quality, affordability, and availability of child care so that all children can start school ready to learn.

Current Actions

Protect SNAP Benefits in the Farm Bill

SNAP is a proven anti-poverty and anti-hunger program supporting low-wage working families, seniors, children, and people with disabilities, and it is at risk of massive cuts that could lead to one million working families losing access to these benefits. Make sure the House and Senate conferees working on this legislation protect SNAP benefits as the Senate version of the bill proposes, and oppose any cuts to this critical program in a final Farm Bill.

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Accurately Count Children In the Next U.S. Census

Almost 1 million children were not counted in the 2010 U.S. Census. Ask your senators and representatives to support legislation that will help to prevent another undercount of children in the 2020 U.S. Census. The 2020 Census IDEA Act would allow only adequately researched questions to appear on the census. This will ensure adequate funding for children’s programs and make sure that researchers have access to accurate data for the next ten years.

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Support Adding Expertise in Child Care to National Disaster Planning

Ask your Representative to support adopting the legislative language included in the Senate version of the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2018 that would extend and expand the authorization of the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD) to include professionals with expertise in children’s hospitals, schools or child care settings, children and youth with special health care needs, and the needs of parents or family caregivers.

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Keep Children and Families Together

Ask your members of Congress to support S. 3036, the “Keeping Families Together Act”, which recognizes the fact that children need secure relationships with parents and caregivers beginning at a very young age, and therefore should not be separated from their families during times of stress and trauma.

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Support Child Care for Working Families

Child care plays an important role in the U.S. economy, helping to generate 15 million jobs and more than $500 billion in income annually. Yet, on average, millions of working families pay more for child care than they do for mortgage or rent, transportation, or even food every month. That’s why it’s critical to fund child care and early learning programs so all families can afford care.

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