This news is just in from Child Care Aware of America!
Last Friday, September 12, 2014, House and Senate leaders reached a bipartisan agreement to improve and reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. Negotiated by Representatives John Kline (R-MN), George Miller (D-CA), Todd Rokita (R-IN), and David Loebsack (D-IA), and Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Richard Burr (R-NC), the agreement will enhance transparency, strengthen health and safety protections, and improve the quality of care.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance to families, and funds quality initiatives for child care. Your advocacy efforts have gotten us this far, but our work isn’t done yet. You can continue to make a difference by telling your Members of Congress that we need to strengthen CCDBG as they are considering its reauthorization.
Timing is critical. Members of Congress need to hear from you now more than ever. Act now to support working families.
The bill is set to be on the Floor of the House of Representatives today, as part of the legislative activity set to start at 2pm Eastern. To watch the House Floor proceedings, click here.
To read a summary of the agreement, click here.