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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 »

Child Care Affordability: Will the New Policy Work? Or Is There Still Progress to be Made?

With a variety of new policies on the verge of implementation, one can’t help but wonder…What’s next for my family and me? The Tax Policy Center (TPC) is one of many analytical groups that has been examining the new tax policy in order to find answers to these types of questions. In their research paper,… Read more »

Hope Clinton Shares How CCAoA Helped Expand Her Advocacy Knowledge

Blog post by summer intern Hope Clinton I’ve never really thought about what impacts children because I don’t plan on having any at the moment and I was a child not too long ago. However, now knowing all the problems children face, it’s something I find myself talking about quite often. I now explain to people… 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 »

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 »

President Obama Signs Education Bill Into Law

This morning, President Obama signed S. 1177 (Conference Report H 114-354), the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” into law at a bi-partisan ceremony at the White House. The President was joined by Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, along with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the senior leaders on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions… Read more »

September 2015 Footnotes

As we settle into our fall schedules and wait for the changing of the leaves here in Northern Virginia, I always feel a little nostalgic for the warm months of summer. Looking back on the month of September, we were quite busy wrapping up our summer work and welcoming back Congress. Take a quick peek… Read more »

Congress Approves Temporary Funding Measure, Continues to Work on Final FY 2016 Budget

Earlier today, Congress approved a short-term continuing resolution (CR) keeping the Federal government funded through December 11. The CR includes no spending cuts to any domestic programs and, instead, funds all programs at FY 2015 levels as leaders negotiate a final deal. While the CR easily passed both chambers of Congress, it will be extremely… Read more »

Congress Introduces the “Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2015”

The bi-partisan Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2015, was introduced today by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and Congressmen Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Richard Hanna (R-NY). Millions of young children from low-and moderate-income families lack access to high-quality, affordable preschool programs. Research has proven that children who attend these programs are more likely to graduate from… Read more »

President Obama Signs Child Care and Development Block Grant into Law

Just before noon today, President Obama signed into law the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. The bill, which provides child care assistance to families and funds quality initiatives for child care, had not previously been reauthorized since 1996.  Today’s signing follows an overwhelming show of bi-partisan support during Monday’s Senate vote… Read more »

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