Budget and policy decisions at the federal level have a deep impact at home in Pennsylvania. Improving the early care and education system at the national level will result in improvements in the commonwealth too. Read below for updates and information about our federal policy and advocacy work.
Updates on Federal Issues
Federal Budget Deal Doubles Investment in Discretionary Child Care Funding
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a two-year budget deal, which was signed by President Trump on February 9. The spending plan would double the investment in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)! Congratulations to all of you that made your voices heard to our congressional delegation!
The deal includes the following:
- $2.9 billion for CCDBG each year for two years.
- Extended funding for CHIP for 10 years (instead of the previously agreed-to six years)
- Extended the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for 5 years
- An additional $4 billion for higher education over two years
- $6 billion for opioid and mental health treatment
- $7 billion for community health centers
- $80 billion in disaster relief
- $20 billion for infrastructure
The next step in the process is that the Appropriations Committees need to write the bill that will make sure the funding is appropriated as dictated by the budget deal.
Child Care for Working Families Act
PennAEYC also encourages support for the Child Care for Working Families Act, which is stand-alone legislation introduced in Congress. It would:
- More than double the kids eligible for child care assistance and ensure quality enrollments.
- Provide funding for states to create high-quality pre-k programs for low- and moderate-income 3- and 4-year olds and provide a higher matching rate for infants and toddlers.
- Increase workforce training and compensation.
- Address the needs of family, friend, and neighbor care and care during non-traditional hours.
- Build more inclusive, high-quality child care providers for children with disabilities including increasing funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
- Help Head Start programs meet new expanded duration requirements and provide full-day, full-year programming.
We encourage you to check out NAEYC’s statement and additional information on the bill from the sponsors.
Federal Early Care and Education Information and Advocacy Organizations
See below for links to federal government and national advocacy groups for more information about federal budget and policy efforts: