Tell Congress to Vote Yes on Child Care
Posted Monday, September 15, 2014 by Shelly Nye
A message from Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning - National Women's Law Center:
A victory for child care is within reach — but we need your help to get there.
The House and Senate have reached agreement on a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The House could vote as early as today and the Senate will vote on the bill before Congress goes into recess on Sept. 23. If the bill passes, it would be an important step in building a strong early learning system. Tell Congress to vote yes on child care. Urge your Senators and Representative to support this important step for child care. Take action!
CCDBG was last reauthorized nearly 20 years ago. Much has changed since then, but the fundamental importance of child care has not. And neither has the importance of tireless efforts of child care advocates like you.
Here’s what the new bill would do:
- Improve the health and safety of children in child care settings
- Make it easier for women and families to get and keep the child care assistance they need
- Enable children to have more stable child care
- Strengthen the overall quality of child care
High-quality child care is linked to the success of children and their parents. Child care provides early learning opportunities to children and enables women to work so they can support their families. With significantly increased funding, this bill can make a critical difference.