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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

Submit a Comment on the Proposed SNAP Changes

SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a proven anti-hunger, anti-poverty program that helps young children and their parents, working adults, disabled individuals, and the elderly gain access to healthy food. Currently, the federal government is seeking comments on a proposed rule that would drastically change the work requirements for SNAP and make it harder for people to access the program. We are calling on CCR&Rs and advocates to submit a comment to this proposed rule, telling the federal government you oppose this harmful change in policy.

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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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Support the PACE Act of 2019

The PACE Act addresses the child care crisis in the United States by modernizing and expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) and make it refundable. This would greatly help millions of American families afford child care and invest more of their savings into Dependent Care Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs). Child Care Aware® of America endorses the reintroduction of the PACE Act and applauds the bipartisan congressional members for their leadership on behalf of all families. Now is the time to contact your congressmembers and ask them to cosponsor the PACE Act of 2019!

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Support the Family Act of 2019

The FAMILY Act of 2019 would establish a comprehensive national family leave program that would be available to millions of families. The FAMILY Act would guarantee at least 12 weeks of paid leave, which may be used for caring for a newborn child or tending to an ill family member, and make it illegal for employers to fire workers who need to take leave. Now it’s your turn to tell your congressmembers to take a stand and sponsor the FAMILY Act of 2019!

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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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