For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Senate and House have reached an agreement to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the primary federal program that provides funds for child care subsidies for low-income working families and to improve child care quality. (Read the joint statement of the bipartisan group from the House and Senate who came together to forge this legislation here.)
The bipartisan bill promises to:
- Improve the health and safety of children in child care settings;
- Make it easier for families to get and keep the child care assistance they need;
- Enable children to have more stable child care; and
- Strengthen the overall quality of child care.
While this agreement is an important step toward the reauthorization of CCDBG, the House and Senate each must now vote to approve the compromise bill and we’ll need your help to get this to the finish line. Stay tuned for additional details next week about how to Be a Big Voice for Little Kids®!
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A Message from Austin Association for the Education of Young Children
United Way Success By 6 is organizing a series of non-partisan Early Childhood Candidate Forums for the upcoming City Council elections, giving Council candidates an opportunity to answer questions and share their views on young children, early education, and family support. Starting this year, the City of Austin is divided into 10 new districts – and each district will elect a member to the City Council. At each of our 1-hour Forums, we will briefly share early childhood information about the district (which is typically one or two zip codes) – including the number of young children living there, the number of child care programs, and other early childhood services available – so that the Candidates know how important this issue is to their constituents. Do you know what district you are in? Search for districts by address. We need a good turn-out of early childhood advocates – like YOU -- so that the new Council members will know that early childhood is an issue that they should support. City dollars fund teacher scholarships, child care subsidies, mentoring, and other critical services – and this investment needs to grow to keep up with the community need. Please come to your district’s Forum – and others if you can!
These forums will take place at early care and education centers around pick-up time (4-6:30 pm) to encourage parents to attend. We hope you’ll join us: keep track of the dates and share with your networks! Please RSVP to Kaley Horton at Kaley.Horton@uwatx.org if you’re planning to attend for updates and reminders.
Sr. Director, Success By 6
United Way for Greater Austin