Tag: advocacy

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 »

Bridget Silha Reflects on Health Policy and Child Care

Blog post by summer intern Bridget Silha Like most kids growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I was grateful enough to not worry about the necessities of life. My family made sure that I wanted for nothing: clothes, food, etc. And even though both of my parents worked full time jobs, my schools provided for… Read more »

Dear Ivanka: If you want to fix child care, don’t start with women like me

When I heard you utter the words “affordable, quality child care for all families” at the Republican convention last summer, I literally stood up and cheered in the middle of my living room. It’s one of the many, and arguably one of the most important, issues facing working families. These are the families that I… Read more »

Department of Labor Announces New Child Care Grant

Last week, the Department of Labor announced a new $25 million grant program to support job training and access to quality child care. Called the “Strengthening Working Families Initiative,” grants will support public-private partnerships that bridge gaps between local workforce development and child-care systems. In addition to addressing these systemic barriers, funded programs will enable… Read more »

Deal Reached on Federal Budget

Late last night, House Speaker, Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that a deal was reached on the FY 2016 budget and unveiled a $1.15 trillion spending bill that would fund the government thru September 30, 2016. This bi-partisan bill includes very favorable funding levels for programs that support low-income children and their families and early education,… Read more »

Senate Approves Bi-Partisan Overhaul of No Child Left Behind

Earlier today, the Senate approved the “Every Child Achieves Act” (S. 1177) with an 81-17 vote. S. 1177 would replace No Child Left Behind and would retain some features of the current law, including standardized testing, but overall S. 1177 would give more flexibility to states and reduce the Federal government’s role in the nation’s… Read more »

Senate to Begin Debating Bi-Partisan Overhaul of ESEA This Week

Tomorrow, the Senate will begin deliberating S. 1177, the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015,” which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), something Congress has not done since 2001. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved this bill on April 16. ESEA oversees the nation’s K-12 policy, as… Read more »

CCDBG Moving Forward – Helpful Resources on the New Law

With the signing of S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 into law, now the focus will shift to ensuring that those across the country which these changes will directly impact, are aware of when and how this law will affect them. In order to assist states and child care resource… Read more »

Parent Advocates

Supporters Rally For Change at First-Ever Family Advocacy Summit

Parents and real families are a powerful voice for children and child care. Many of our parent and family advocates have participated at past Symposiums, sharing their stories with Members of Congress and strengthening their advocacy skills through workshops and training. This year we decided to do things a little differently and hold another kind… Read more »

Building Advocates in Montana

Last week, Nick Vucic, Government Affairs Associate, and Sara Miller, Communications and Public Affairs Specialist, flew across the country for a trip to Helena, Montana for a two-day on-site advocacy training.     The training began with some ice breakers and an overview of advocacy vs. lobbying followed up with a couple of hours of… Read more »

Child Care Aware of America

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