A key time to support child care
The Senate Appropriations Committee this week has a chance to bolster federal aid for child care. This would obviously be a great benefit for American kids, who come to school better prepared if they attend high quality early learning programs. But it also helps parents, who are freed by child care to enter the workforce.
This is a great time to increase child care support. As our allies at the National Women’s Law Center have documented, families have gotten less support for child care since state and federal budgets got tight. With them and other partners, we’re calling on Congress to use this chance to make the full $825 million increase in the Child Care and Development Block Grant that President Obama requested. Together with $325 million in greater support for Head Start and additional money for the Early Learning Challenge Fund (allocated from the Race to the Top program) we can help both needy children and their families.
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