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
Pennsylvania Announces Plan for Spending Historic Increase in Federal CCDBG Funding
On March 23 a bipartisan-supported federal FY18 spending bill was signed into law, which included a $2.4 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)! This investment is the largest in the history of CCDBG and increased Pennsylvania's discretionary CCDBG funding by $66.5 million in FY 2018. Thank you to all the Pennsylvanians that helped to advocate for this increase -- your voice was heard!
Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning announced their plan for spending $50 million of the federal allocation in late June. Plans for the remaining funds are still being determined. The proposal for the $50 million includes the following initiatives, several of which were recommended by PennAEYC and our advocacy partners:
- $19 million to lift the freeze on MCCA rates for STAR 1 and 2 providers (Note - the freeze was previously lifted for STAR 3 and 4 providers)
- $20 million to provide an increase to base rates for all care levels - estimated 2%
- $5 million to support high-quality professional development for child care
- $2 million to pilot contracting for slots for infants and toddler participating in child care subsidy
- $4 million to comply with CCDBG requirements related to background checks
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: