Category: Affordability

President to Announce New Initiatives to Make Child Care More Affordable in Tonight’s State of the Union

Tonight, January 20, 2015 at 9PM Eastern, President Barack Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union address. President Obama’s State of the Union address will focus on middle-class economics and provide some new proposals to help families offset the burden of child care costs. Some of the proposals included in the upcoming State… Read more »

CCDBG Roundup: Everything you need to know for Thursday

For the first time in 18 years, the U.S. Senate will have the opportunity to pass a reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant program, the primary federal program that provides assistance for families for child care, containing measures to improve the quality of child care nationwide. On Thursday, November 13th, the U.S…. Read more »

Lynette M. Fraga with Maria Shriver

Working Families Summit Recap

On Monday, I joined President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden at the Omni Hotel in Washington, D.C. for the first ever White House Summit on Working Families. The place was packed with policymakers, business and labor leaders, economists, reporters and their cameramen, and of course many advocates… Read more »

PBS NewsHour on the Cost of Child Care

Last week PBS NewsHour aired a story about child care and featured three families whose stories represent millions of others in the United States today; the story of families who find it is sometimes more affordable not to work, than to pay for child care, and the quality of child care they can afford. I… Read more »

Provider Appreciation Day: A Call for Pay, Preparation and Promotion of Our Early Childhood Educators

May 9 is the day we celebrate our nation’s child care providers, early childhood educators and teachers. And while we celebrate, we also must reflect on how we acknowledge their commitment to children through pay, professional preparation, and promotion of the field as an essential driver supporting the healthy development of children. Low pay, big… Read more »

Child Care Aware of America member testifies before House Subcommittee for CCR&R perspective on CCDBG Reauthorization

Editor’s Note:  On Tuesday, March 25, Paula Koos, executive director of Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA),  testified  before the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, which is chaired by Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN).  We asked Paula to share some of her testimony and a little bit… Read more »

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes CCDBG Reauthorization Bill: Day 2 Recap

In an effort to significantly improve the quality of child care across the nation and to prove that it is possible for the Senate to work in regular order, in a bipartisan manner.  By a vote of 96-2, the Senate approved S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, turning the focus… Read more »

5 Reasons the Reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Matters

The Senate will consider the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) as early as next week. As you know, this federal law outlines how child care funding and quality initiatives are funded in the states –yet it has not been reauthorized in over 17 years, making the Senate debate next week one… Read more »

From Rhetoric to Reality: Inspiring the Nation to Action

Steeped in history and required by the United States Constitution, the President is required “from time to time” to give the Congress information about the State of the Union and to recommend for their consideration measures he deems “necessary and expedient.” It’s more than a great speech- it is an opportunity to focus the nation… Read more »

Children and the War on Poverty

This month marks the 50th anniversary of “The War on Poverty.” In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched several initiatives to help lift the 1 in 5 Americans who were living in poverty at the time. “Our aim is not only to relieve the symptoms of poverty, but to cure it and, above all,… Read more »

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