Category: Congress

Congress Will Miss Deadline on Extending Funding for Children’s Health Insurance and Home Visiting Programs

With the authorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) initiative expiring tomorrow, September 30, Congress will miss the deadline for extending these critical programs. Unfortunately, this lapse in funding could put many programs at-risk of closing and deny children access to health… Read more »

Student Parents Add Child Care to Their School Supply Lists

Unfortunately, students with children are especially unlikely to complete higher education programs within six years of enrollment and only 33 percent of those students will earn a degree or certification in that time. When compared to families with low-incomes, the disparity is even greater. Student parents devote more than 30 hours per week to dependent care and… Read more »

New Bill Would Make Affordable Child Care a Reality for All Families

Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the “Child Care for Working Families Act of 2017.”  This legislation would greatly assist millions of families in gaining access to quality and affordable care. Child care plays an important role in the economy, helping to generate 15 million jobs and more than $500… Read more »

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Bill That Protects Funding for Child Care

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. Unlike the House version, the Senate bill does not propose any spending cuts to programs that support child care including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and the Child Care Access Means Parents in School… Read more »

Family Voices Successful at Driving Federal Policy

In the Spring of 2017, families from across the nation joined early care and education system professionals in Washington, D.C. These families traveled from all four corners of the United States including Washington, California, Florida, Maine and 18 other states in between. It was incredible to witness the diversity this group encompassed and their passion… Read more »

What I’ve Learned at Child Care Aware ® of America This Summer

  Finding a solution to child care issues in the United States is a daunting task that has stumped every policy maker to date. It seems that no matter what stance you take, there is always someone left unhappy. While interning for Child Care Aware® of America, I was given the unique opportunity to analyze… Read more »

The Present and Future of Child Care Assistance Programs in the United States

The extreme cost of child care in the United States is a highly debated and recognized economic concern. According to Child Care Aware® of America, child care is unaffordable in 49 states plus the District of Columbia. Though it seems like there aren’t currently many assistance programs in place, legislators have taken notice of the… Read more »

Health is Key to School Success

Many parents use August to prepare for the school year and cross many tasks off their list—school supplies, nailing down schedules, new clothes, and converting the family mindset from summer vacation to the school routine. At Child Care Aware® of America, there is one more task. And you should add it to the top of… Read more »

Bria Manlove Reflects On the Effects of Economics On Politics

Blog post by summer intern Bria Manlove When I entered my freshman year at Villanova University, I sought a major that would best prepare me with the skills I would need to excel in law school. Shortly after, I decided to major in political science and economics. Through my studies, I began to see very… Read more »

House Appropriations Committee Proposes Funding Increase for CCDBG Next Year

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Bill, and it included a proposed $4 million increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), roughly $2.86 billion for FY 2018. In addition, Head Start would receive $9.275 billion, a increase of $22 million from this… Read more »

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