Good News About CCDBG
Finally, some hopeful news about quality child care, affordable and accessible to all. Please read the posts from two of our national advocacy organizations, below. Accolades go to many of my readers, too! THANK YOU.
From the National Women’s Law Center:
We want to share with you an exciting new development. Today at noon, Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Mitch McConnell announced a budget deal that will lift the sequester spending caps for non-defense discretionary funding and provide an additional $5.8 billion to the Child Care and Development Block Grant over two years ($2.9 billion per year). This increase in funding for CCDBG is a big down payment on the Child Care for Working Families Act [about which I wrote in a recent blog].
Please know that so much of this is YOUR doing. Your state letters, your calls to congressional staff, your emails, and your tweets pushing for an increase in funding for CCDBG kept child care at the forefront of the negotiations.
From CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy):
Included in the Senate’s bipartisan budget agreement, announced today, is a historic $5.8 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) over two years. This amount, which doubles current discretionary funding, would expand child care assistance to nearly 230,000 children. This hard-fought victory is a chance to realize the opportunities included in the 2014 reauthorization of CCDBG to improve the quality of child care for our most vulnerable children. It would provide much-needed resources to states to fully implement CCDBG’s health and safety provisions, quality improvements, and reforms to provide more stable and continuous care for families.
CLASP applauds efforts in the Senate to lift up the importance of child care assistance for working families. We also thank the advocates, organizers, providers, and parents who have worked so hard to ensure that members of Congress understand the importance of CCDBG.
The Senate’s action is a step in the budget process for fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018). Congress is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution for FY 2018, which began October 1. The House and Senate must come to an agreement and pass a spending bill by the end of Thursday in order to keep the government open.