Stay updated on recent work to ensure all children high-quality early childhood opportunities.
A Recent Legislative Win
In February, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law a budget deal that included an additional $5.8 billion (an additional $2.9 billion for each of the next two years) for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the main federal child care program. This funding increase will allow an additional 230,000 children to receive child care assistance and help states boost the quality of child care.
President Biden recently released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget request to Congress to strengthen the economy, address longstanding racial disparities, and ensure a more equitable future for our children. After a year marked by such dramatic change and drastic negative impact on children’s lives, we need meaningful investments in supports for children and families. President Biden’s FY22 budget request starts to do just that.
On the eve of his 100th day in office, President Biden released the American Families Plan, outlining a bold proposal with $1.8 trillion in historic investments in our nation’s children and families including expanded tax credits, investments in child care, universal preschool, two years of tuition-free community college, a national paid leave program, and more.
Last week, Senator Patty Murray and Representative Bobby Scott introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act of 2021 which would increase children’s access to high-quality learning opportunities, help parents and especially moms return to the workforce, and support an under-resourced and under-valued but critical workforce largely made up of women of color.